The Nystagmus Network is delighted to have been awarded just over £8,000 in National Lottery funding to underpin its work supporting adults with nystagmus. The charity will use the funding to expand our support services to meet the greater needs of the nystagmus community during the pandemic and particularly to reach those who are isolated and would not normally turn to the charity for help.
With events and meetings postponed for now, the charity is continuing to run its support and information services during the current pandemic, by phone, email, on social media and via the website.
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, means we will be able to increase our reach by offering our services to an ever wider nystagmus community.
There are many people living with nystagmus who have not needed our support until now, but in lockdown they have been experiencing additional problems with shopping, social distancing and spending time outside. They have also been feeling increasingly isolated. We can now let people know that we are here for them.
Sue Ricketts 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 let far more people know we are here and can offer support and information on a whole range of things from accessing help with shopping locally to benefits advice and more.”
About The National Lottery Community Fund
We are the largest community funder in the UK – we’re proud to award money raised by National Lottery players to communities across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Since June 2004, we have made over 200,000 grants and awarded over £9 billion to projects that have benefited millions of people.
We are passionate about funding great ideas that matter to communities and make a difference to people’s lives. At the heart of everything we do is the belief that when people are in the lead, communities thrive. Thanks to the support of National Lottery players, our funding is open to everyone. We’re privileged to be able to work with the smallest of local groups right up to UK-wide charities, enabling people and communities to bring their ambitions to life.