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National Lottery awards £37,500 to charity helping Covid-19 survivors rebuild their lives

By Kirsty Brown

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The National Lottery Community Fund has awarded £37,500 to Chest Heart And Stroke Scotland to fund their Hospital To Home respiratory support service.

The service, delivered in partnership with the NHS, provides an enhanced discharge pathway for those who have experienced hospitalisation following Covid-19 or other respiratory conditions.

The charity’s community support team will provide support to people as they return home from hospital to help them manage their condition and live well at home.

The support will include advice, information, physical rehabilitation, and peer support which will help improve physical recovery, ability to self-manage and emotional wellbeing.

The approach is entirely person centred and will focus on helping people reach their individual goals that will help them come to terms with their condition and live their life to the full.

The service will potentially support up to 4,000 people per month with support from over 400 volunteers.

The grant is part of The National Lottery Community Fund which distributes over £600,000,000 a year to communities across the UK, raised by players of The National Lottery.

Chief executive at Chest Heart And Stroke Scotland Jane-Claire Judson said: “We want to say a huge thank you to The National Lottery for getting behind our Hospital to Home service and helping us reach more people across Scotland who desperately need our help.

“It can be a really difficult and unsettling time for people when they first get back home from hospital and try to adjust to being back home while still recovering from the impact of being so unwell.

"Our service is there for people and their families to make this transition easier by providing the practical support, advice and tools they need to rebuild their lives and live life to the full.

“This generous contribution from The National Lottery Community Fund will help make sure no one fights coronavirus alone.”

The National Lottery Community Fund's Scotland director Neil Ritch said: “In these uncertain times our priority is to ensure that National Lottery money continues to flow to charities, voluntary sector organisations and grassroots groups.

"I would like to congratulate Chest Heart And Stroke Scotland on their award, theirs is an important project which will support people now and in the future when they can physically come back together to make great things happen in their community.”

If you or someone you know could benefit from support from Chest Heart And Stroke Scotland, you can contact their advice line nurses on 08088 010 899 (freephone).

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