Kinship Charity gets 10k Big Lottery windfall!

Kuddles the Kinship Care Bear will feature in a new storybook thanks to funding from the Big Lottery.

Kuddles the Kinship Care Bear will feature in a new storybook thanks to funding from the Big Lottery.

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A Derry charity is celebrating after receiving a £10,000 windfall as part of the Big Lottery’s 10th birthday celebrations.

Kinship Care, which supports relatives looking after children when their parents are unable to do so, was one of a number of charities chosen by the Big Lottery for the funding boost.

The decision was made on the back of 101 heartfelt nominations from people involved with the organisation which has a drop in centre on Carlisle Road.

Kinship Care CEO Jacqueline Williamson said yesterday the group were “over the moon” with the announcement.

“We’re absolutely delighted, and with this money our plan is to put together a storybook for children in Kinship Care to help them make sense of their individual situations. As part of that we’ll be using Kuddles the Kinship Care Bear who’ll be dealing with the kind of situations that children in kinship care find themselves in. We think it’s something which has the potential to help a lot of the young people we come into contact with. We really want to thank all of the people who nominated us. Some of our nominations came from clients and others from people who had given us referrals and to everyone who nominated us we want to say the biggest thank you. This money will help the children who need it most.

“We’re genuinely overwhelmed that we were chosen to receive it. It’s a great boost.”