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Worcestershire community project one of first to receive cash from The National Lottery Community Fund

A support network for Worcestershire families with special needs is one of the first projects in the UK to receive cash from the newly named The National Lottery Community Fund.

The community funder, the largest in the UK, changed its name earlier this week from the Big Lottery Fund and has cemented the move by awarding almost £300,000 to What Makes You Different Makes You Beautiful (WMYDMYB).

WMYDMYB supports children who have disabilities and additional needs, as well as their families, across Worcestershire. Various activities are held from its centre on Howsell Road in Malvern including cookery, coffee mornings and parties. Day trips are also provided to places like farms, theme parks and bowling alleys and there is a weekly club especially for the children’s siblings.

This provides a safe and welcoming space, bringing families together so they can meet others in similar situations, helping to reduce loneliness and create new friendships.

Kim Philpotts, Founder of What Makes You Different Makes You Beautiful, said: “Thanks to National Lottery players, we can continue to support families with special needs across Worcestershire. As a mother who has a child with a brain injury, I discovered that there wasn’t the support and respite out there and I’ve put my heart and soul into helping change this.

“Our activities are a lifeline to the whole family unit. It’s so important to also support the parents and siblings of children with disabilities and additional needs. We’re so grateful to be able to carry on this vital work.”

Matt Poole, Senior Head of Regional Funding for the Midlands at The National Lottery Community Fund, said: “We’re delighted to be supporting What Makes You Different Makes You Beautiful to help children with special needs, and their families, thrive. Thanks to National Lottery players, people across Worcestershire will have more opportunities to come together, sharing memorable experiences and sparking new friendships.”

The National Lottery Community Fund distributes money raised by National Lottery players for good causes. Last year – as the Big Lottery Fund - it awarded over half a billion pounds (£508.5 million) and supported over 11,000 projects across the UK for health, education, environment and charitable purposes. 90% of the grants it makes are for under £10,000.

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Notes to Editors

We are the largest community funder in the UK – we’re proud to award money raised by National Lottery players to communities across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Since June 2004, we have made over 200,000 grants and awarded over £9 billion to projects that have benefited millions of people.

We are passionate about funding great ideas that matter to communities and make a difference to people’s lives. At the heart of everything we do is the belief that when people are in the lead, communities thrive. Thanks to the support of National Lottery players, our funding is open to everyone. We’re privileged to be able to work with the smallest of local groups right up to UK-wide charities, enabling people and communities to bring their ambitions to life.

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