Charity champions scoop Lotto boosts

Len Curtis of Donna's Dream House, which helps desperately ill children enjoy a holiday, is among those to earn a grant from the Big Lottery Fund.

Len Curtis of Donna's Dream House, which helps desperately ill children enjoy a holiday, is among those to earn a grant from the Big Lottery Fund.

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COMMUNITY groups and schools have received a welcome funding boost.

The Big Lottery Fund has rewarded seven organisations with cash to help vital projects.

A total of four charitable organisations in Blackpool have received grants, along with one in Fylde and two in Wyre.

Supporting Our Brave on Bank Hey Street, Blackpool, which offers support and advice to veterans in the Armed Forces, received £9,150 to organise a series of activities to allow ex-servicemen and women to integrate back into society.

Julian Mineur, project manager, said: “This money allows us to identify veterans in the community that are not necessarily old, but have issues that keep them lonely.

“We have people that don’t want to leave their flat after what they have seen in wars.

“But we are able to see first-hand Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and send people to support groups.”

Donna’s Dream House, which provides holidays for seriously ill youngsters in Blackpool, is now able to build a specialist sensory room with their £3,600 grant.

The room will provide children and their family a place to relax in times of distress.

Len Curtis, who set-up the charity in memory of his daughter Donna who died in 1996, said: “This money will make a difference and we have never had and funding from anyone like this before.

“It’s very important because without it we couldn’t have got the money we needed and we would still be fundraising for it.”

The Willows community centre, Preesall, received £10,000 after members applied for funding to create a community cafe and lunch group.

Stephen Porter, chief executive of Great Places Housing Group which runs The Willows, said: “We are delighted for the people who live in our sheltered housing scheme.

“They thoroughly deserve the grant they have been awarded and we are all excited to see the positive effect a community café will have on the scheme.”

Carleton Green Community Primary School, St John’s Catholic Primary School in Poulton, and Blackpool’s Boundary Primary School and Action for Better Access charity were also given grants.