Care Lochaber gets share of £7.3million lottery funding

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Care Lochaber is to receive £52,550 from the National Lottery.

A total of 141 groups, from charities to smaller voluntary-led community projects, will get a share of £7.3m raised by National Lottery players for a range of activities, many of which will help people support each other through the COVID-19 crisis.

Projects funded include those delivering emergency care packages to vulnerable Scots, providing online and telephone support to isolated people, as well as projects to bring people together once the lockdown is over.

Care Lochaber will use its cash to continue to run its Community Car Scheme which, over the next three years, will support more than 1,300 people.

The group is run by volunteers who use their own cars to transport people  dealing with long-term injuries, illness or mental health issues and people who are socially isolated.

Lara Van De Peer, charity manager at Care Lochaber, said: ‘We are over the moon to receive this money from The National Lottery Community Fund which will give us a degree of financial stability in a changeable funding environment. It is fantastic.

‘We are grateful to the people who play The National Lottery as they have made it possible for us to continue providing a door-to-door community transport service for older, isolated and vulnerable people across Lochaber.

‘Due to the current unsettled period, we are taking a flexible approach to the help we provide and have, to date, focussed on providing shopping and prescription deliveries to the most vulnerable people.

‘We will adapt to any new developments and will endeavour to support as many people as we can.’

Announcing the funding, The National Lottery Community Fund’s Scotland Director Neil Ritch said: ‘In these difficult and unprecedented times, it’s heartening to see the way Scottish communities are coming together to support each other.

‘These awards recognise the hugely valuable and important contribution Scotland’s voluntary and community sector plays in boosting the health, well-being and morale of people.’