Axminster charity scoops £50k Lotto cash

PUBLISHED: 07:29 10 April 2017 | UPDATED: 08:58 13 April 2017

Youngster celebrate HALFF's £50,000 People's Projects Lotto win

Youngster celebrate HALFF's £50,000 People's Projects Lotto win

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Healthy eating group HALFF wins the People’s Project vote

Axminster-based health eating charity HALFF is a £50,000 Lotto winner.

It scooped the cash in The People’s Projects – a joint ITV/Big Lottery Fund initiative where a public vote decides who receives a donation.

HALFF applied to extend the current youth club sessions that it is running with Switch East Devon and the cooking sessions it runs in Axminster with Devon Young Careers to a number of other towns in East Devon and South Somerset.

It plans monthly cookery sessions at six youth clubs across East Devon and South Somerset - Axminster, Axmouth, Seaton, Honiton, Crewkerne and Chard - and monthly cookery sessions for young careers in Honiton, Otter St Mary, Axmouth and Sid mouth.

A spokeswoman said HALFF was “absolutely delighted” with the cash award towards its ‘changing lives through food’ project.

She said: “We are so pleased that all the communities pulled together to help support the programme by voting during the two weeks.

“We aim to work with 10 children in each youth club each month - 100 in total, from age seven to 19, along with sic to eight young carers in each town.

There are 313 children living Exmouth, Ottery St Mary, Honiton and Sidmouth who have caring responsibilities. All have varying situations but all care for someone within their family with an illness or disability.

“This includes siblings with disabilities, parents with mental health problems, physical conditions or substance misuse issues. The caring role includes doing household tasks, personal care, household management or emotional care and they worry a lot about the person they care for. There are many more children living in households where they are not defined as ‘Young Carers” but due to family circumstances, they have to shoulder a lot more responsibility than most young children, like cooking.”

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