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Lottery millions for the region

Charities across the North West have benefited from injections of cash thanks to the Big Lottery Fund.

Around £3.8 million has been awarded to 16 projects across Lancaster and the North West as part of the Big Lottery Fund’s Reaching Communities programme.

Some of the organisations that have benefited from the donations include Stockport Women’s Centre, which provides support for women and family in Stockport.

The charity has received £248,882 that they are going to use to help improve the mental health of women who are struggling after experiencing traumatic events.

Chairman of trustees at the Stockport Women’s Centre, Barbara Swann OBE said: “Our January newsletter reported that 2012 would be a make or break year for Stockport Women’s Centre. So we were delighted to hear that we have been awarded a Big Lottery Fund grant.

“This has not only supported our belief that our work is vitally important for the women in our borough who are experiencing difficulties and need the centre, but will also enable us to continue providing our unique range of preventative and holistic support services for the next three years.”

Other charitable causes that have been awarded funding is Southfield Community Action Forum, which received £251,394 that they will put to use developing a volunteer mentoring scheme for 11 to 19 year olds in Pendle and Burnley.

£177,501 was given to Home-Start Central Cheshire that they will use to expand their first response service to families in Crewe and Nantwich.

Big Lottery Fund North West head of region Helen Bullough, said: “The 16 different projects spread across the North West today sharing in over £3.8 million in National Lottery good cause funding demonstrates how voluntary and community organisations can benefit from our funding.”

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