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Surrey charities are also National Lottery 'winners'

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Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 1:37pm 7th December 2018. (Updated at 2:44pm 7th December 2018)

Surrey community projects get £1.3 million from National Lottery funds.

Seventeen different projects in Surrey have benefited from donations from the Big Lottery Fund.

The money has gone to many different organisations, from canoeing groups to art workshops for people with learning disabilities.

The main places in our area are Guildford, Reigate and Mole Valley.

Elmbridge Canoe Club are using £9,900 of National Lottery funds to buy participation kayaks for beginners so that it can reach out to local schools.

It means more students can enjoy the health and mental benefits of being on the water.

The project will also be offered  to adult beginners as paddle sessions, which will make exercise more easily accessible to the local community.

Their aim is to reduce the risk of health risks such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, strokes and cancer.

Scott Hynds, Elmbridge Canoe Club’s Grant Manager, says:

“Thanks to National Lottery funding, we can get more local children involved in the club and the sport.

"These new boats will give people the chance to improve their physical health through making gentle exercise more accessible.

"The boats will also provide the opportunity to admire local scenery, relax and enjoy our beautiful river, which is hugely beneficial to a person’s mental wellbeing.”

Elly De Decker, Senior Head of Regional Funding at the Big Lottery Fund, said:

“All over the country, National Lottery money is being used by people who are taking the lead in developing great ideas to help their communities thrive.

"They know and understand the needs of their area better than anyone else and are best-placed to develop projects to tackle them

."The projects we fund in Surrey are brilliant examples of this and, thanks to National Lottery players, we are proud to be able to support them to change lives for the better.”

Other charity projects in Surrey that have benefited from National Lottery funding in the last three months include the Matrix Trust's Holiday Activities Project, based in Guildford, which will use just under £10,000 to extend its youth provision, providing weekly youth clubs and holiday activities for young people who are socially isolated.

The Conscious Ageing project in Reigate will use their new grant of over £9,500 to inspire people approaching retirement with activities that promote a positive mental outlook.

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