Children to benefit from charity boost

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A children’s charity has been given nearly £400,000 from the Big Lottery Fund to develop plans to help thousands of struggling parents give their children the best start in life in south east Northumberland.

The Big Lottery Fund has awarded Barnardo’s in Northumberland £398,966 to progress plans to expand the range of professionals available to families.

Community hubs will be created and existing facilities will be refurbished and upgraded.

It will work in Ashington, Bedlington, Choppington, Hirst, Lynemouth, Newbiggin, Seaton, Sleekburn and Stakeford.

Barnardo’s has highlighted major health inequalities in the selected wards.

Julie McVeigh, Barnardo’s north east assistant director, said: “This is an extremely important opportunity to tackle and address years of economic decline which Northumberland’s communities, through no fault of their own, have faced.

“We are starting from a position of strength, evidenced by Northumberland’s already outstanding commitment to partnership working and community inclusion.”