During covid I applied for National lottery funding to run a project for patients affected by covid. In which we were successful in achieving. This proved to make such a difference in our patient’s worlds that we as a team decided it would be appropriate to apply for further funding. This journey started about a year ago.

It was far from an easy job, but it was SO worth it. Sarah, our funding officer was absolutely amazing, so supportive and helpful I think I would have given up at the first hurdle had it not been for her support.

Initially we went to patch, who gave Sarah feedback for us. Then we went to the first panel; who fedback that admin support would be really beneficial to us. Which for the final panel we amended our business plan adding in admin support at six hours a week.

Our proposal went to panel in June, after which we all waited on tenter hooks until the Monday when the lovely Sarah arranged to ring us with the outcome of panel. The news was that The National Lottery community fund would fund our project for five years!! A HUGE total of £296,224.00!!!

Despite hearing the news, sharing the news, receiving our offer letter, and starting our project, it really hasn’t sunk in yet!

We hope to celebrate very soon, but for the next wee while we are working on making a difference in our patient’s, their family and friend’s worlds, as well as it is the amazing, fabulouso Strictly Towcester!!

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