A project helping young people that live with rare conditions that cause premature ageing is among those in Wales supported by the latest round of grants from the Big Lottery Fund.


Amy and Friends in Denbighshire will use £5,000 to pilot their weekly siblings club, for children who either have or are affected by life limiting illnesses, in Rhyl. They are one of 46 community projects across Wales receiving a share of £190,664 under the latest round of the Big Lottery Fund’s Awards for All programme. (Full project descriptions can be found here).

Also in Denbighshire, Uwchaled First Responders receive £4,590 to install a digital radio mast which will increase connectivity between the members so they can communicate with each other during emergencies.

Bethan Trenchard of the project, said: “The funding request is to purchase and fit a digital antenna to power our radios, we are a very rural community with poor mobile phone signal. The radios allow us to communicate with the team regarding patients’ conditions as well as their precise location as they may not be in a building but a field or forestry this info can then be relayed to ambulance crews. There is a safety element here also as they have panic buttons.

“The mast will allow better coverage making us efficient, effective and safer. A professional approach helps our patients and their families to have confidence reducing their stress and anxiety.”

Gareth Williams, Awards for All Programme Manager for the Big Lottery Fund in Wales, said: “Awards for All is having a positive impact throughout Wales.

“Money is helping to establish groups, societies and clubs, promoting learning, increasing volunteering opportunities and helping to build stronger communities.”

Available in English and Welsh, application forms are available to download from www.awardsforall.org.uk or by phone on 0345 4 10 20 30.