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

Heart patients pictured with professionals helped by The Somerville Foundation at an event before th

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

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.

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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