Friday, 5 December 2008

Lottery cash boost for family charity

A CHARITY that helps families with children who may be isolated or depressed celebrated its launch - courtesy of a £300,000 lottery donation - with a presentation.

Home Start Trafford held its AGM to celebrate the birth of the scheme into the south of Trafford at Longford Park Stadium, Stretford.

It was attended by supporters and representatives from Trafford Council, Trafford Children and Young Peoples Service, the Big Lottery Fund and health care professionals.

Chair of Home Start, Sarah Kelly, thanked the council and he Big Lottery Fund for their support and said: “Over the past year we received wonderful news from our funders. Trafford Council agreed to part fund us for another three years and the Big Lottery Fund gave us a very large grant to expand into the south of the borough over the next five years.

“This grant was one of the largest ever given to a Home Start scheme in this country. I am thrilled to be involved with such a vibrant and exciting organisation. ”

Guest speaker Lisa Shrimpton from Home Start North West praised the work of Home Start schemes and added: “Since April 1, the beginning of our financial year, 35 families have received support from the organisation.”

The highlight of the day, which took place on November 28, was a three-way question and answer session held by scheme manager Kathryn Eckersley and a mother of twins who has benefited from the charity.

By Messenger Newspapers

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