Cash boost for therapy group

THOUSANDS of lottery cash is to be ploughed into an Ipswich-based brain injury therapy group it was announced today. Ipswich and East Suffolk Headway has been awarded £156,792 to provide additional therapeutic services to people with acquired brain injury or strokes.

THOUSANDS of lottery cash is to be ploughed into an Ipswich-based brain injury therapy group it was announced today.

Ipswich and East Suffolk Headway has been awarded £156,792 to provide additional therapeutic services to people with acquired brain injury or strokes.

The cash is part of a £.6.5million funding handout by The Big Lottery Fund to 44 projects in the East of England.

Ipswich and East Suffolk Headway chief executive Helen Fairweather said: “The project will focus on people who are unable to get ongoing treatment through the NHS

“We run two rehabilitation centres and this very welcome grant from the Big Lottery Fund will enable us to employ occupational, speech and language and physiotherapists as well as a neuropsychologist.

"We see a minimum of 20 people each day, and they have very profound injuries which need ongoing care.

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"They cannot work or live independently. We hope that with the new service we can take them further along to road to living independently, and improve the quality of life for them and their carers."

A range of community initiatives across Norfolk and Suffolk will benefit.

Sara Betsworth, Big Lottery Fund Head of East of England Region, said: "These grants will make this Xmas even more special for our communities. The grants the Big Lottery Fund is announcing today range across the whole spectrum of charitable and community activity - which goes to show there really is something in the lottery good causes for everyone.

“The £6,494,149 being invested today in the East of England region will bring real improvements to communities and particularly to those most in need.”

Contact a Family, a national charity for families with disabled children, has been awarded £194, 371 to expand its service into Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.

The West Norfolk Citizens Advice Bureau has been awarded £286,815 to improve its services to people living in rural West Norfolk. It will fund a telephone advice line and home visits.

What do you think of the lottery grants? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or send us an e-mail to eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

Weblinks www.biglotteryfund.org.uk

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