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Heart charity gets £43k funding to continue valuable support services

PUBLISHED: 11:51 28 October 2020 | UPDATED: 10:06 30 October 2020

Heart patients pictured with professionals helped by The Somerville Foundation at an event before the Covid-19 lockdown. Picture: THE SOMERVILLE FOUNDATION

Heart patients pictured with professionals helped by The Somerville Foundation at an event before the Covid-19 lockdown. Picture: THE SOMERVILLE FOUNDATION

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A small charity in Ipswich - the only one in the UK dedicated to supporting young people and adults born with a heart condition (ACHD) - has received much-needed funding to continue for the next six months.

The Somerville Foundation has been awarded £43,000 through funding from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) as part of the Coronavirus Community Support Fund distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund.

The charity is run by a small team of four people and also provides support for young people transitioning into adult heart services to create a world where they receive excellent medical care, and lead happy, healthy lives.

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Managed by Michelle Woods alongside Rebecca Henning, Charlotte Kearsley and marketing and media co-ordinator Sarah Keeble, The Somerville Foundation said they were “absolutely thrilled” to receive the funding.

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Ms Keeble said: “Like many small charities, we are facing an ever-increasing demand for our services during these challenging times.

“Any donations and additional funding are a lifeline to enable us to continue providing vital support to those born with a heart condition across the UK.”

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