Sunderland community projects benefit from over £1million National Lottery funding to support people through pandemic

Two charities who have been supporting the community during the coronavirus crisis have benefited from National Lottery funding as over £1million of funding has been distributed to Sunderland since the start of the pandemic.

Wednesday, 19th August 2020, 3:33 pm
Sunderland's Kites for Kids project were one of the many community projects awarded National Lottery funding during the pandemic

Ignite Movement and Grace House North East, based in Sunderland, are among almost 40 community projects which have benefited from National Lottery funding since March.

Ignite Movement is a Christian charity which works with young people across the city, while Grace House North East provides short breaks for children and young people with autism and other complex disabilities.

The funding has helped these organisations and others like them to support young people and the most vulnerable during extremely difficult times.

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Volunteers from Ignite Movement, Sunderland

Duncan Nicholson, Head of Funding for the North East & Cumbria at The National Lottery Community Fund, said: “Money raised by National Lottery players has been vital in helping people and communities across Sunderland support each other through the pandemic.”

Thanks to the funding, Ignite Movement has been able to launch an online mental health and wellbeing resource while Grace House North East have been able to provide counselling and online activities.

Over the country, National Lottery players £30 million is raised every week for the UK’s good causes, and £41billion has been distributed to 565,000 good causes across the UK since 1994.

Since May, The National Lottery Community Fund has been responsible for distributing £200million in coronavirus community support.

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