Groups celebrate big lottery win

SEVERAL groups in Northumberland are celebrating a win on the lottery.

The Big Lottery Fund has handed grants to 48 organisations across the North East in the latest round of the Awards for All scheme.

And among them are a number of groups in Northumberland.

They include Teetime, which has received £5,164 to set up ‘target golf’ sessions for older people with dementia.

Tutor Janet Howe said: “Target golf is visually stimulating and a lot of fun. The equipment is oversized, which makes it easier for anyone to use. It doesn’t matter whether you are in a wheelchair or need to be seated — everyone can join in.

“We have already delivered some taster sessions and people aged up to 93 are joining in and asking for more. This particular project will allow people with dementia to become more active physically and socially.

“With an increasingly ageing population projects like ours are becoming more necessary so we’d like to thank anyone who has played the National Lottery as their funding is vital to help run small community groups like ours.”

Other schemes to benefit from cash are Take Action Positive Steps, which picked up £9,983 to provide a range of workshops for children, including cooking, healthy lifestyle courses and arts and crafts, Dexterity, which received £9,910 to run fitness activities for older people, and Wansbeck Golden Age Forum, which was given £8,710 for set up costs.

Big Lottery Fund Head of North East James Turner said: “The National Lottery has been changing lives for 18 years and it’s thanks to the people who play the Lottery each week that we can fund hundreds of small projects across the region each year that make a huge difference to the lives of thousands.”