Health chiefs secure funds for groups

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THE future of a charitable fund to help groups and organisations has been secured by health chiefs.

County Durham Primary Care Trust’s (PCT) charitable funds are used to support health-related initiatives and have been used to dish out 38 grants worth £500,000 in the last 15 months alone.

East Durham’s food back is among them.

From this month, PCTs will be abolished, but the NHS says the legacy of charitable funds will continue following the establishment of a new health fund managed by County Durham Community Foundation.

County Durham PCT has transferred £300,000 to establish a new health fund which will be supported by a seven-member panel.

This will include chairmen of three new Clinical Commissioning Groups, and the chairman of County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust and Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust. The panel will be chaired by Anna Lynch, director of public health for County Durham.

The PCT has also transferred £700,000 to County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust Charitable Funds to support projects linked to community services.

The PCT’s remaining charitable fund will transfer to Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation trust to manage.