Delight as local groups awarded lottery funds

Hemsby Hedgehogs. Picture: Submitted

Hemsby Hedgehogs. Picture: Submitted - Credit: Submitted

Projects in and around Great Yarmouth have received thousands of pounds worth of funding in the latest round of National Lottery grants.

Hemsby Hedgehogs received £10,000 to run play and stay sessions for local families. This will create a support network for families and engage them in positive activities.

Hannah Gray, one of the group founding members, said: “We started in September 2013, as a group of mums living in Hemsby who wanted a playgroup in our village. We have grown to be one of the biggest in the county with some weeks having 40 children plus parents and carers.

“We have been running parent-led and all voluntary every term-time Friday in Hemsby Village Hall since we started. It’s been a big success, and we’ve had support from local business and fundraising events to buy new equipment.

“This lottery funding will enable us to buy a weatherproof container to store our kit in to replace our leaky shed – mouldy toys are not nice toys.

“We will also be able to fund one of our mums to run some of the sessions and put more of her time into the administration.”

The Caister Squadron ATC was awarded £2,123 tfor outdoor activity and adventure training equipment.

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CO Sdn Ldr Dave Chart said: “As the squadron does not get any funding for it, we were lucky to get this towards our equipment.”

An organisation which aims to bring back the love of food has been awarded £9,980. Feeding Inspiration, in Caister Road, gets the award for its Creative Kitchen Scheme. It will use the funding to run a range of activities based around nutrition and healthy eating, particularly targeting children and young people.