Thanks a Million! West Norfolk community groups hail Lottery funding grants

Marshland St James District Sports and Community Centre committee celebrates award of ?690,000 Lottery grant, 
Some of the committee and others involved in the village, celebrate the success ANL-160815-081002009
Marshland St James District Sports and Community Centre committee celebrates award of ?690,000 Lottery grant, Some of the committee and others involved in the village, celebrate the success ANL-160815-081002009
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Almost £1 million has been awarded to community projects in West Norfolk through the latest round of lottery grants announced today.

The biggest winners are in Marshland St James, where a bid to build a new community and sports centre in the village is to receive more than £690,000.

Around £286,000 will also go to the Swaffham and District Age Concern group to help them set up a new hospital buddy programme, enabling elderly people to get to medical appointments, and extend their existing befriending programme.

The Big Heart and Soul Choir has been awarded £10,000 for a programme of 20th anniversary concerts.

And a new Lynn-based charity, Solace End of Life Support, has been given a similar amount, which will be used to set up a volunteer training programme to help support terminally ill people and their families.

The programmes are among dozens across the region who will share nearly £3 million of grants.

Lyn Cole, grant-making director for Big Lottery Fund England, said: “These projects will make a huge difference to the lives of many.

“They are excellent examples of local people working together to help others in their community to build on the skills they have and maximise their potential.”