Local charity Little Miracles Peterborough receives funding from money raised by HealthCommit to support families with disabled children

11 December 2012

Using money raised by HealthCommit through The Health Lottery, local charity Little Miracles Peterborough has been awarded a grant of nearly £10,000 from People’s Health Trust. The funding is enabling them to run daily support sessions for families with disabled children in Peterborough and the surrounding villages.

Using money raised by HealthCommit through The Health Lottery, local charity Little Miracles Peterborough has been awarded a grant of nearly £10,000 from People’s Health Trust. The funding is enabling them to run daily support sessions for families with disabled children in Peterborough and the surrounding villages.

Little Miracles Peterborough provides a safe and inclusive haven for parents and carers of disabled children to talk and support each other, aiming to improve their mental health and overall wellbeing. For the children, it provides meaningful activities and opportunities to learn through play in a safe and secure environment. The project also supports families who have a child or children with a life-limiting or terminal illness, and those which have been bereaved following the loss of a child with one of these conditions.  

Michelle King, Chair – Little Miracles Peterborough, said: “We are delighted to have received this funding from People’s Health Trust, which is enabling us to offer much-needed, daily support for families with disabled children in Peterborough and the surrounding villages.

Frustrated by the lack of local support networks for families of children with disabilities or life-limiting and terminal conditions, Michelle and Tessa Capon were inspired to set up Little Miracles Peterborough.

Michelle, continued: “Offering a free service is essential. It provides a real support network to local families, many of whom can struggle at times to make ends meet. It also provides an opportunity for parents to get support from each other and meet people going through similar experiences. All of the volunteers at Little Miracles Peterborough have been through similar experiences themselves, which helps them relate to everyone who comes through the door. Sensitive and supportive, they understand the physical and emotional demands of these families.” 

Chris Lunn, Director – HealthCommit, said: “It’s great that money raised by HealthCommit is being used to support organisations like Little Miracles.”

So far, more than half a million pounds has been raised by HealthCommit through The Health Lottery for health good causes in Peterborough and Cambridgeshire. Community Carts, Alzheimer’s Society, Children’s Food Trust, Streets Revolution CIC, Action for Elders UK CIC SIN Cru and Sustrans are amongst the first to have already received funding from People’s Health Trust. 

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For media enquiries about HealthCommit, contact Rebecca Richards – [email protected] / 020 3384 8309 / 07950 444 107.

For media requests about Little Miracles Peterborough, contact Michelle King – [email protected] / 07505 124 185.

Editors’ notes

Little Miracles Peterborough is a registered charity. It is a parent-led support network for families whose child has a disability / additional need.  It runs 16 weekly sessions at its volunteer-run centre where the whole family comes to chat, play and socialise and engage in meaningful activities all chosen by the families.  It also has two family support workers and benefit advisors, a bereavement support worker and provides 24-hour support and arranges day trips.  www.littlemiraclespeterborough.org.uk 

HealthCommit is a Community Interest Company committed to prioritising and raising money for health inequalities in Peterborough and Cambridgeshire. www.HealthCommitCIC.org.uk 

The Health Lottery is operated for and on behalf of 51 Community Interest Companies across England, Scotland and Wales, all holding society lottery licenses granted by the Gambling Commission. www.healthlottery.co.uk 

People’s Health Trust is an independent charity helping to address health inequalities across Great Britain. It works closely with each Community Interest Company, distributing grants. www.peopleshealthtrust.org.uk 

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