More than £1m to bolster regional charities

A project offering financial and emotional support to the families of sick children in hospital is expanding after being named among 155 organisations across the region to receive a share of £1.3m of Lottery funding this week.

A member of Grimethorpe Colliery Band in action.

Sheffield-based Sincere Support, which also helps bereaved families, will use £10,000 awarded by the Big Lottery Fund to train more volunteers and pay for volunteer counsellors.

Beverley Lister, Sincere Support’s founder, said: “We are an organisation, helping those who have no other means of financial support to cover the non-medical expenses that arise when a child needs to be sent to Sheffield Children’s Hospital or out of town for surgery or on-going treatment.

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“Whatever the need, Sincere Support has always been there to help ease the financial burden the family must face. Thanks to our Awards for All funding we can be there that little bit more.”

Another grant recipient is the multi-award winning Grimethorpe Colliery Band in Barnsley, which is being awarded £9,730 to deliver music workshops to young people aged seven to 20 to help raise their self-esteem, educational attainment and improve behaviour.

In Dewsbury, Chickenley Hub will use £10,000 to install sustainable vegetation and bee hives around their community centre and field.

The Orphan Child, a voluntary organisation in Huddersfield, is receiving the same sum to offer practical workshops to young people who are at risk of becoming homeless, while Clough Head Junior and Infant School in Kirklees is planning a refurbishment using £9,950 to deliver new community courses in computer and basic cooking skills.