Local groups and charities in Suffolk celebrate 1st year anniversary of The Health Lottery

10 December 2012

Five charities in Suffolk are celebrating the first anniversary draw for HealthIntend Community Interest Company (CIC), which raises money for health good causes through The Health Lottery.

After just 12 months, HealthIntend CIC has raised over half a million pounds for health related good causes in Suffolk. This is new, much-needed funding for charities delivering locally. Organisations including Carers Trust (Suffolk Family Carers), Youth Sport Trust, Alzheimer’s Society, The Suffolk Chinese Family Welfare Association and Ipsum YP are amongst the first in the region to receive funding from People’s Health Trust, the charity responsible for the distribution of the money locally.

Thanks to money raised by HealthIntend CIC, Carers Trust (Suffolk Family Carers) has received a grant of £46,801 to support older carers to look after their own health and wellbeing, and better cope in their caring role.

Thea Stein, Chief Executive – Carers Trust, said: “We know that older carers can often put the needs of those they care for ahead of their own, which can have a negative impact on their health and wellbeing. Thanks to funding from People’s Health Trust, we’ve been able to give carers across Suffolk the opportunity to access a range of support tailored to their needs.”

Money raised by HealthIntend CIC has also enabled Youth Sport Trust to develop their yoUR Actvity programme in Suffolk, which promotes alternative sports in secondary schools, organised by young people for young people, encouraging them to adopt a healthier lifestyle into adult life.

Lisa McHendry, Head of Participation & Engagement – Youth Sport Trust, said: “At Youth Sport Trust, we passionately believe that sport really can change lives. Through the support of Peoples Health Trust, 32 schools across Suffolk have already provided a range of inspirational activities to 340 less active young people, helping them to understand and value the importance of living healthy and active lifestyles.”

Chris Lunn, Director – HealthIntend CIC, said: “We are delighted to celebrate our first anniversary and showcase the important work that these organisations are carrying out in Suffolk. The projects being supported by People’s Health Trust, using money raised by HealthIntend, are extremely valuable to a wide range of individuals across this region.”

“The next HealthIntend Society Lottery draw is to be held on Saturday 15th December, when once again funds will be earmarked for Suffolk. We hope that many people will participate in The Health Lottery and contribute towards a variety of local good causes who rely on this vital funding.”

For further details of the work being done by HealthIntend and details of how to apply for funding for a health related project within the HealthIntend local community, visit www.peopleshealthtrust.org.uk.

 

 

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