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Sue Ryder Lottery Funding

Last Updated: Tuesday 17th February 2009, 09:59 am

Money Pot Sue Ryder Care in Suffolk has received £157,498 from the Big Lottery Fund to help continue providing relief, help and support for adults living with Multiple Sclerosis. The Good Causes funding was given as part of the Reaching Communities programme.

The Chantry Care Home in Ipswich has long been providing a wide range of therapies and activities, as well as help, information and various types of support for adults aged 18 to 65. The core programme at The Chantry is known as ‘the 5Rs’ because it helps people with MS to ‘reenergise, reintegrate, rebuild, relax and regenerate’.

Activities and therapies included in the ten week 5Rs programme include yoga, music therapy and educational classes. The centre also has regular speakers and question and answer sessions.

“The 5 'R's is an innovative ten week programme for people living with the middle stages of Multiple Sclerosis and offers participants a chance to try a range of therapies, activities and learn new skills,” said The Chantry’s Care Centre Manager, Jo Marshall. “This, and the chance to mix with other people in the same situation, gives people who attend their 5 'R's programme an opportunity to gain confidence, new interests and skills.  The programme also helps prevent isolation often experienced by people who have Multiple Sclerosis and enable participants to become more involved in the community.”

The Big Lottery Fund’s Reaching Communities programme is designed to award lottery grants of between £10,000 to £500,000 for ‘projects that help people and communities who are most in need’. It is one of eighteen programmes that the Big Lottery Fund is currently operating.

28p from every £1 spent on National Lottery tickets is set aside for Good Causes and the Big Lottery Fund was established by Parliament in December 2006 to give away half of that money. It awards £2 million to good causes all over the UK every day of the year, so no matter where you live you aren’t far from an organisation that your lottery spend has helped to benefit.

Commenting on the recent award to Sue Ryder Care, Jonathan Clark from the Big Lottery Fund said: “This project will bring vital support and relief to people living with MS, perfectly aligning with a key aim of the Big Lottery Fund, to improve the lives of those most in need. The project has already been recognised as a great success and I hope this five years worth of funding will see it continue to go from strength to strength.”

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