Charity’s £1m lotto windfall

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A CHARITY is celebrating after securing a £1million Lottery grant.

Developing Initiatives for Support in the Community (Disc), is dedicated to making positive changes in County Durham youngsters’ lives. It helps young people who have to care for a loved one, or those with a disability or problems such as drugs and alcohol, family breakdown and crime.

The organisation is one of 30 projects across England sharing in a £30million investment from the Big Lottery Fund’s Youth in Focus programme.

Operations director Angie Hutchinson said: “We are very proud to have successfully secured this funding from the National Lottery.

“Disc is committed to enabling people achieve their goals and realise their potential and this funding will enable us to support the vulnerable young people who most need our help.”

The £1million will be spent where it is most needed in County Durham.

James Turner, Big Lottery Fund’s head of region for the North East, said: “We are proud to be announcing this investment to help fill the gap in support for some of the region’s most vulnerable young people, many of whom, without effective support, are likely to fail before they’ve even begun.

“This funding will go a long way to help address this situation and make a huge difference to their lives, to create new positive futures and provide them with the opportunities to succeed.”