The British Liver Trust, the UK’s leading liver health charity, has been awarded an £80,000 grant by the National Lottery Community Fund to provide vital support to thousands of people affected by liver disease and cancer in Scotland.
British Liver Trust currently host over 70 groups in Scotland. These groups support patients with a range of liver conditions including hepatitis C, liver cancer and liver transplant recipients. The groups help patients deal with the issues that surround liver disease, the related problems of long-term ill health, and the stigmas attached with the assumed association with alcohol.
The new funding from The National Lottery Community Fund, which distributes money raised by National Lottery players for good causes and is the largest community funder in the UK, will see the expansion of the charity’s support groups in Scotland, which will help over 2500 more people. At the same time, the charity will be able to attend more health events to raise vital awareness of liver disease.
Pam Healy, Chief Executive, British Liver Trust, says: “We’re delighted that The National Lottery Community Fund has recognised our work in this way. Now, thanks to National Lottery players we will be able to respond to the increasing demand for support groups in Scotland. This is important because it helps patients and their carers receive vital advice and build relationships with others facing similar challenges and to create their own supportive circles.
National Lottery Community Fund Scotland Chair, said: “I am delighted British Liver Trust has been successful in securing a National Lottery grant. The funding will make a big difference where it is needed most and I wish the British Liver Trust every success as it goes on to develop and expand its project for the benefit of their local community.”