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Marching together: Essex charity awarded £20,000 grant

A local marching band is celebrating after the charity was awarded £20,000 in vital funding to help isolated youngsters.

Essex Marching Corps received the grant from People’s Health Trust – which distributes money raised by HealthStrength through The Health Lottery.
The funding is being used to deliver a youth outreach and education project that provides opportunities for isolated young people to enjoy performance and music in a fun and rewarding environment.

The project, which is based in the Boyce Ward of Benfleet in Essex and covers West Canvey Island, will develop the skills of both new and existing volunteers and provide more opportunities for young people to perform together at community events.
Hayley Meagher, chair of Essex Marching Corps, said: “We are delighted to have received this funding from People’s Health Trust. Music is a fantastic way to bring people together.

"This funding will enable us to extend our programme for young people in the area - particularly those with caring responsibilities and those which, because of family and often financial circumstances, do not participate in any extra-curricular activities.
“It aims to improve confidence and self-esteem, and encourage companionship and peer support by giving local, isolated young people a place to build new social links within their community by understanding the part they can play within a group that values their involvement and rewards their achievements.”

So far £367,877 has been distributed to health-related good causes in Essex by HealthStrength through The Health Lottery. 

Chris Lunn, director of HealthStrength, said: “It’s great that money raised by HealthStrength is being used to support incredible local organisations Essex Marching Corps.”

Other organisations to have already been awarded funding from People’s Health Trust in the area include: Achievement Through Football Southend Youth Football Club, Sustrans, Alzheimer’s Society, Young at Heart, Mencap, Scope, WRVS and The Shadyfish Experience.

Money raised through the Health Lottery
The Health Lottery scheme manages 51 Society Lotteries that operate in rotation and each represents a different geographical region of Great Britain.
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