Lotto boost for Lancashire charities

Windfall: Melanie Close of Disability Equality, which got a grant of lottery cash
Windfall: Melanie Close of Disability Equality, which got a grant of lottery cash
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Charities and community groups across Lancashire have scooped a cash windfall, thanks to the National Lottery.

Preston-based organisation, Disability Equality North West, whose head office is in Church Street in the city, is just one of 274 projects sharing in over £2.4 million of grants across the North West from the Big Lottery Fund’s Awards for All pot.

Melanie Close, Chief Executive of Disability Equality (NW) Ltd said: “We’re delighted that the Big Lottery Fund Awards for All programme has given us this grant.

“It will enable us to provide basic health information to disabled people in an informal accessible way.

“We will be putting on a series of events aimed at helping people learn more about ‘Good Health’ and giving them the information advice and guidance to learn how to help themselves and when to seek medical intervention.

Melanie added: “Awards for All is helping us make our community stronger.”

Other charities in the central Lancashire area benefitting from the cash boost from the fund responsible for giving out 40 per cent of the money raised by the National Lottery includes Community Futures, who are based in Fulwood.

The community group were awarded £9,566 which will be used to buy nursery equipment and benefit after school clubs.

Chief Executive, Denise Partington, said: “It’s a wonderful grant pot that supports lots of different charities and groups.

“Getting a grant from anywhere can really mean the difference in getting a project off the ground or it never seeing the light of day.”