Generous cash boosts for charities

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Two Sheffield charities have received a cash boost after being awarded grants from the Jane Tomlinson appeal

Weston Park Cacner Charity received £10,000, while Paces - which helps children and adults with cerebral palsy - received £9,350 from the appeal, part of the legacy of the late Jane Tomlinson CBE, who raised £1.8m for children’s and cancer charities before her death from cancer aged just 43.

Paul Walter, Paces fundraising officer, said: “Children with complex health needs - and their families/carers - face an arduous process to obtaining suitable education and healthcare provision upon leaving Paces School.

“A grant from the Jane Tomlinson Appeal will allow Paces to employ a fieldworker who can offer family support, counselling, information, advice and guidance for children aged 14 to 18 who are facing a transition into adult provision.

“Between 20 and 30 children and their families will now benefit from Paces support thanks to the Jane Tomlinson Appeal. The project will be financially sustainable after the first year allowing Paces to reach more families after the grant period ends.”

Helen Gentle, senior fundraising manager at Weston Park Cancer Charity, said: “We are incredibly grateful to the Jane Tomlinson Appeal. This generous grant which will enable Weston Park Cancer Charity to provide essential support to older cancer patients in the Sheffield area.

“These funds will go a long way to improve the financial, social and emotional wellbeing of hundreds of older cancer patients each year, giving these people the chance to enjoy their later years.”