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£121,000 lottery funding for Sunderland

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12:39pm 6th March 2018

Sunderland’s community organisations are celebrating today after being awarded over £121,000 in National Lottery funding.

The money has been raised by players for good causes and is being distributed by the Big Lottery Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK.

In total, 13 community projects in Sunderland are receiving a share.

Wearside Stroke Club is one of the groups involved – it will be receiving just under £10,000 to offer arts and filmmaking activities for stroke survivors, their families and carers. The project will support stroke survivors to create a film documenting their stories, experiences and advice. This will be shared with people affected by stroke to support their recovery and create better understanding of the condition.

Gloria Finnigan from Wearside Stroke Club said:

“We are thrilled to receive National Lottery funding to help us create a film sharing our stories and offering advice, hope and support to anyone experiencing the life changing and often devastating impacts of stroke.

“We are a group of stroke survivors, families and carers who meet regularly providing friendship and support.

"We all felt that a film from those who have lived it would have really helped us at various stages following our stroke and we believe this will make a real difference to local people.”

James Harcourt, England Grant-Making Director at the Big Lottery Fund, said:

“Great community projects like Wearside Stroke Club are what National Lottery funding is all about. We can see how the money raised by players for good causes helps to bring ideas to life and gives local people the opportunity to work together for the good of their community.

“Whether from a village, town or city, we’re proud that our funding supports people who have identified what matters to them and their community and who want to make a positive change.”

Sunderland isn’t alone in enjoying the good news – the North East as a whole is receiving £1.4 million, which is being distributed across 103 community projects and organisations.

Wearside Stroke Club are working with Banyan Arts and Living History North East to create their film.

The Big Lottery Fund distributes money raised by National Lottery players for good causes. As part of today’s announcement, it has revealed that it is making grants totalling £54 million going to almost 1,800 community organisations across England.

See the full list of projects HERE.

To find out more visit the big lottery fund website.

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