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27 September 2003

Community Fund contributes more than 38 million to older people

This week is Age Concern Week (27 September - 4 October) and the Community Fund is reminding groups working with older people and their carers that they can apply for lottery funding to support their work.

In the past 18 months almost 3 million has been awarded to projects in the South East that are designed to help older people living in their own homes and their carers.

Three Age Concern groups received grants to enable them to provide benefits information and advice to older people and their carers. Age Concern Buckinghamshire received 192,224, Age Concern Slough received 236,590 and Age Concern Hastings received 132,312.

Woodley Age Concern in Wokingham also benefited from a grant. They received 53,000 to purchase a new minibus.

Diana Brittan, Chair of the Community Fund, said: "Older people and their carers are one of the Community Fund's main priority groups and to date, nationally, we have awarded over 268 million to them. One of our biggest recipients of lottery money, Age Concern, provides vital services to so many older people in our local communities and I am delighted that the Community Fund has helped them to progress with their fantastic projects. We have awarded over 38 million to Age Concern's work across the country".

Notes for editors
  1. Community Fund gives out money raised by the National Lottery to charities and voluntary and community groups. Out of every 1 spent on the National Lottery the Community Fund gets 4.7pence.
  2. Since 1995 Community Fund has awarded more than 268 million to older people in general.
  3. Since 1995 Community Fund has awarded over 55,000 grants to UK charities and voluntary groups.
  4. Older people and their carers are among Community Fund's priority beneficiaries as outlined in the Community Fund's Strategic Plan 2002-2007.
  5. The legal name of the Community Fund remains the National Lottery Charities Board. The National Lottery Charities Board was set up in 1994 and changed its operation name to Community Fund - Lottery money making a difference in April 2001.

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