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Suffolk's cash windfall joy

PUBLISHED: 20:18 29 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:56 03 March 2010

SUFFOLK is celebrating today after becoming one of the areas in the east of England to benefit from a grant for new opportunities.

More than £67,000 in community grants for the area was announced today at special event at Ipswich Town Football Club.

SUFFOLK is celebrating today after becoming one of the areas in the east of England to benefit from a grant for new opportunities.

More than £67,000 in community grants for the area was announced today at special event at Ipswich Town Football Club.

Through the Awards for All

programme the fund is backing a wealth of projects from increasing fitness and creative activities for children in Sudbury to improving schools' sports and PE programmes.

Last week it was announced that Ipswich Hospital would receive

cardiac angiography equipment to help detect heart disease.

The fund's regional officer for the east, Margaret Cooney, said: "The East of England is often perceived as prosperous because it is largely rural with a few urban centres. However, in common with other parts of the country we have pockets of serious deprivation."

As part of the events at the ground Carl Schroder, from East Colchester Healthy Living Centre, was on hand to give exercise and lifestyle advice.

There were also representatives from childcare projects and environmental schemes in the region.

Newly elected Ipswich MP Chris Mole said: "This event is a great chance for people to find out about the New Opportunities Fund and how our communities can benefit.

"Then voluntary, private and

public sectors will be able to tap in to future programmes that may improve quality of life and address the needs of the most disadvantaged in our society."

The New Opportunity Fund

distributes National Lottery money to health, education and

environmental projects throughout the country and aiming to help the most disadvantaged and encourage community participation.

Already it has invested £750

million in sport and £297 million in health with more than £20 million already invested in this region.

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