Army of champions to battle health problems in Sunderland

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SUNDERLAND is to get an army of health champions to help tackle problems and be a voice for patients in the city.

Sunderland is among four North East areas to get a share of £571,488 from the Big Lottery Fund to recruit and support people to work alongside health care workers

The cash will be used by organisation Altogether Better to train a total of 480 health champions in Sunderland, North and South Tyneside and Northumberland.

They will work to tackle health issues and increase the voice of patients and communities in shaping health and social care services.

Each champion will reach and support at least 10 other people in their family, neighbourhoods, and communities.

The grant is part of a total of £1.9million from the lottery fund will be used to help improve people’s health and wellbeing in the North East.

Big Lottery Fund spokesperson Tessa Wiley, said: “The funding today will build upon a wealth of knowledge and evidence through work over the past five years to target the most socially and economically communities in the North East and support them not only to improve their health and wellbeing but to work on specific health challenges and prevent long-term illness.”