Lottery fund boost for Derry’s Pink Ladies

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Derry’s Pink Ladies cancer support group has received a festive funding windfall from the National Lottery.

The group’s co-ordinator Michelle McLaren says the £9,999 Big Lottery Fund grant will allow the Pink Ladies to expand their range of services.

“We’ll be using this funding to develop our support group meetings and the cancer support service we run in partnership with Action Cancer, so that people living with different cancers across the city can also get support and advice and take part in complementary therapies and counselling.”

“The funding will also allow us to develop ‘Sing Tonicity’, a therapeutic activity which is proving very popular. It incorporates signing and movement and the ladies already have their own Sing Tonicity choir. It has proved really positive for improving the confidence and well-being of the women involved,” she says.

Meanwhile An Gaelaras has also been awarded a grant of £9,950 to provide a series of educational podcasts in the Irish language.

The Big Lottery Fund’s Frank Hewitt says the funding is aimed at helping “people bring about positive change in their lives, improve health and well-being, develop skills and create safer communities.”