Lottery cash boost for children over summer

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LOTTERY funding will help keep groups of children across South Yorkshire busy over the summer holidays following the announcement of new grants.

Awards totalling £500,000 have been handed out to 62 groups across Yorkshire and the Humber as part of the Big Lottery’s ‘Awards for All’ programme, which aims to fund small, community-based projects in the UK.

Friends of Richmond Park, Sheffield, has received £8,627 to run skateboarding, BMX training and mosaic making, while Brinsworth Manor Infant School, Rotherham, has received £9,973 to run holiday clubs to help children to make the transition to junior school.

Target Housing, in Sheffield, has been awarded £10,000 to run alternative therapy, outdoor pursuits and volunteer training sessions for women with alcohol and substance issues, and the Sheffield-based Steel City Amateur Boxing Club has been awarded £9,835 to deliver a boxing training programme to help reduce anti-social behaviour and crime.

Vanessa White, of the Big Lottery Fund, said: “I am delighted to announce another fantastic round of Awards for All funding this month, with groups from right across the region working hard to make life easier for families and also supporting vulnerable people to help them feel part of their community and face a brighter future.”