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Culture secretary Karen Bradley makes lottery visit to Ipswich

PUBLISHED: 15:13 03 November 2016 | UPDATED: 19:16 03 November 2016

The Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport, Karen Bradley visited the Activlives Kurling competition on Thursday November 3rd.

The Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport, Karen Bradley visited the Activlives Kurling competition on Thursday November 3rd.

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Culture Secretary Karen Bradley has visited Ipswich to present a landmark lottery grant to local charity Ipswich4Family.

Ipswich4family

Ipswich4family is a Christian charity set up by a group of churches in the town and based at the Orwell Centre in Fore Hamlet.

It was set up in 2013 and works with a small number of families who need support to help them cope with difficulties or understand problems they may be facing.

Families are referred to them from schools or from other organisations – and they provide mentoring to help them solve their problems.

Dot Cordle is chair of the trustees for the charity, and met Mrs Bradley to accept the grant of £9,950.

At present the family has eight families on its books and Mrs Cordle said the grant should allow it to take on another 12. It would allow it to expand and take on more support staff – and also to publicise its work.

Although it is a Christian charity and those working for it are committed Christians, it helps families of all faiths or none.

The historic grant was made 22 years to the month after the National Lottery launched in 1994.

The organisation received a £9,950 grant from the Big Lottery Fund – its the 500,000th grant recipient since the Lottery funding was first set up in 1994.

Mrs Bradley, who took over as Culture Secretary in the reshuffle that followed Theresa May’s arrival in Downing Street, also visited ActivLives Ipswich which helps motivate people in the area aged 45 years and above to make positive changes to their lifestyle by increasing their physical activity.

She met people taking part in the ActivLives curling competition at Whitton Sports Centre – and said it was very important that people took up sport or at least took part in activities as they get older.

“I’m all for sport for the over-45s!” Said the 46-year-old cabinet minister.

Mrs Bradley said: “It is important to realise that 95% of lottery grants are for less than £10,000 – but they are tremendously important to the organisations that receive them.

“Many of those organisations are relatively small but they are very important to the people that they support and I am really pleased to be here in Ipswich to see the kind of work that is being done here.”

Over the years there has been frustration that some efforts to get lottery funding for projects in Ipswich have been unsuccessful – and the current bid to restore Broomhill Pool is taking a long time.

But Mrs Bradley said it would be inappropriate for a politician to comment on individual lottery decisions which were taken by a team of professionals after careful consideration.

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