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Families thrown a lottery lifeline; PROJECT IS SAVED BY pounds m GRANT.

A COMMUNITY project in Coventry which was in danger of going under a few months ago has been bailed out with a huge hand-out from the National Lottery.

Organisers of the Wood End Family Project were today celebrating a pounds 256,942 windfall - the biggest single award in the latest round of National Lotteries Charities Board grants, totalling nearly pounds 750,000, to community groups in Coventry and Warwickshire.

The project offers families self-help initiatives, creche facilities, training and voluntary work but the Evening Telegraph revealed in October that the centre it runs was facing closure because of financial difficulties.

News of the lottery grant, which covers salaries and running costs for three years, was greeted with delight by acting vice-chairman Irene Blakeway.

She said: ''We are very, very grateful. We were worrying about our staff and the project staying open and we were worrying about people because it is the people's project.''

Other grants have been given out to groups ranging from a help group for sufferers of mental health problems to scouts.

More than pounds 435,000 of the total has gone to Coventry, including pounds 5,000 to Arty-Folks to pay for a freelance co-ordinator to promote the group's work with the mentally ill and pounds 4,050 to the Val Hennessy Trust, which promotes research into bleeding in the brain.

The second biggest recipient of grant help in Coventry is Coventry Recycling of Waste, which offers training and work experience to disabled people and people with learning difficulties and has been given pounds 170,000 to buy bigger premises.
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Author:Cunningham, Catherine
Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Apr 28, 1999
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