North Devon MP, Selaine Saxby, thanks National Lottery players for helping to support local communities

Selaine Saxby, Member of Parliament for North Devon, is thanking National Lottery players for their role in raising much needed funding for local charities and community groups. The heartfelt thank you came as local groups received National Lottery funding to help them support the community through the COVID-19 outbreak. 

Selaine is delighted with the grants and wants more local good causes to apply for the funding, saying it could be a lifeline as they, and the community grapple, with the impact of the coronavirus crisis. 

Groups that have benefitted so far include Devon Antenatal & First Aid CIC, who will use the funding to deliver free workshops and antenatal courses, online drop in sessions, breastfeeding support groups and 1-1 activities to combat the social isolation experienced by new parents during Covid-19.

The funding is being distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK.  

Going forward, The National Lottery Community Fund will continue to prioritise getting funding to groups that are best placed to support their communities at this vital time and also towards those seeking to rebuild as the crisis abates. 

90% of the grants made are for under £10,000. Selaine is urging groups in North Devon to look into applying for a grant to help with their response to the COVID-19 crisis. 

Information about how to apply for funding can be found at The National Lottery Community Fund’s website: www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk. 

Selaine said:

I am delighted to see the Devon Antenatal and First Aid Hub in Barnstaple be awarded this National Lottery funding. The Hub provides a vital service through their courses and workshops, both helping women achieve better births and supporting parents as they enter parenthood, and providing life-saving First Aid training.” 

This funding will really help inspirational groups like Devon Antenatal and First Aid Hub, particularly in this time of difficulty with the Covid-19 pandemic. I want to pay tribute to the work they do for the community, and want to thank National Lottery players for supporting the grant.

Elly de Decker, Director of England Grant Making at The National Lottery Community Fund, said:

National Lottery players can be proud that the money they’ve raised is making a real difference at a time when it is needed most. We will carry on getting vital funding out to charities and voluntary sector organisations, so they can step up to overcome obstacles caused by the pandemic and help their community to rebuild and recover in the future. 

Last year The National Lottery Community Fund awarded over half a billion pounds (£511.1 million) of life-changing funding to communities across the UK and supported over 12,000 projects to turn their great ideas into reality.

To find out more visit www.TNLCommunityFund.org.uk   

Image: Selaine attended a drop in event in Parliament in early March. £3.9 million has been spent on projects across North Devon.