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UK projects share lottery funding
Saturday 22 February 2014
Projects share lottery funding
People whose lives are affected by severe ME and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) will benefit after a charity secured more than £290,000 from the Big Lottery Fund.
Jennifer Elliot, chief executive of ME North East, said: "Thanks to The Big Lottery Fund this fantastic award will provide a life-line of support to this neglected and disadvantaged group of people with ME/CFS.
"There are over 12,000 people with ME in the North East, 25% of whom are severely affected at any one time. We will help them cope with their illness, re-engage with society, make friends and become active in their community.
"We will help access welfare benefit entitlements to avoid financial poverty and provide an understanding and listening ear. There is no-where else for these people to turn, ME North East provides the means to get their lives back on track."
The charity, based in Chester-le-Street works across County Durham, Darlington, Teesside, Tyne and Wear, Northumberland and North Cumbria.
In Sunderland, Pennywell Youth Project received £199,790 to provide young people with more positive, meaningful activities and training courses to increase their employability and steer them away from anti-social behaviour.
The project also hopes to reduce the number of under age drinkers and bring a feeling of safety to the streets for local residents.
The largest grant in the region went to Grenfell Youth Club, in Redcar and Cleveland, which received £428,929. Nationally, 50 projects shared £14,357,593.
The above originally appeared here.
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