£3,000 windfall a banker for Stevenage charity thanks to public vote

Stevenage MP Stephen McPartland has welcomed the £3,000 Lloyds Bank community grant

Stevenage MP Stephen McPartland has welcomed the £3,000 Lloyds Bank community grant - Credit: Archant

Votes from members of the public have earned a Stevenage charity a £3,000 windfall.

Home-Start Stevenage was one of the good causes nominated to take a share of the Lloyds Bank Community Fund – but needed public support to secure the cash.

The charity supports families who have at least one child under five who are finding it difficult to cope.

Their problems are often linked to isolation, physical and mental health issues, disability and poverty.

Families are supported in their own home by volunteers who are trained and matched to families according to need.

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The charity also runs a number of support groups and parenting courses.

Finance officer Chris Dranse said: “The award will help us to continue to support these families, particularly those with a mental health need.”

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Stephen McPartland MP, pictured with charity representatives, said: “It is fantastic to see the support for Home-Start Stevenage.

“The community fund contribution will make a difference to them and allow them to continue their work, supporting families in Stevenage.”

The Lloyds Bank fund was set up to help local people all over the country have a positive impact at the heart of their community, and has given grants to 1,400 local good causes this year.

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