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Scottish disability group hits the jackpot with Lottery windfall

Barrhead and Neilston Disabled Forum has become one of 49 organisations in Scotland to receive a windfall in the latest round of grants from the National Lottery Community Fund.

Looking at nearly £30,000, the group says it will use the funding to provide social club activities.

According to a local report from Barrhead News, the £29,904 fund will help the East Renfrewshire group continue to put on activities for the up to 30 elderly and disabled adults living in Barrhead and Neilston over the next three years.

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The same report goes on to detail how the funds will also help cover the costs of providing free transport to the club’s meetings.

Speaking to Barrhead News, James Reilly, treasurer, said: “We’re over the moon. We are approaching our 26th year and secured funding for the next few years, so we’re delighted.”

“We’ve got the money for the next three years but we are still waiting to hear if the council can supply the escort and carers, which are an essential part of the service. The Lottery money is ringfenced and we can only use it on what we ask for. If we say it’s for transport, it can’t be used for anything else.”

Neil Ritch, director of the National Lottery Community Fund in Scotland, said the generosity of Lottery players is helping to fund a range of projects at the moment.

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