£1.1m lottery win for city charities

Julie Rattray, pictured right. Picture: Gareth Easton

Julie Rattray, pictured right. Picture: Gareth Easton

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A TRIO of Edinburgh good causes are celebrating after landing a £1.1 million lottery windfall.

The jackpot – described as “fantastic news” – has been split between Edinburgh Cyrenians Trust, Rowan Alba and The Sorted Project.

The grants come from the Big Lottery Fund Scotland’s Investing in Communities ­programme.

Edinburgh Cyrenians Trust, which helps people with homelessness, poverty, unemployment and recovery from addiction, received £539,986 to work with an additional 400 families as part of its conflict resolution service.

Homeless charity Rowan Alba, which helps people who have experienced domestic abuse move from temporary accommodation to their own homes, was given £412,002.

Rose Street-based The Sorted Project received £226,870 to support people with mental health problems, or recovering from substance abuse, get back into work.

Amy Hutton, head of services at Cyrenians, said the cash boost would be spent on providing more one-to-one support and family mediation for families experiencing conflict.

The charity, established in the Capital in 1968, will also put the funds towards running conflict resolution workshops in schools and other youth ­settings.

She said: “It’s fantastic news and will really make a difference to hundreds of families in Edinburgh and the Lothians.

“We support the whole family, from the children right through to the parents, to get to the root cause of the problem, often before it turns to a crisis.

“Over the years, we’ve seen so many young people who are staying in hostels and B&Bs who might have been able to stay at home, or keep up a relationship with home, if they had access to our services.”

Rowan Alba, based at Fountainbridge, will spend its grant on its ‘Follow Me’ project, assisting homeless people to get their own tenancies as well as providing support to people with mental health issues, substance misuse, and past ­offenders.

Chief executive Helen Carlin said: “The grant provides stability for service users, and the organisation for four years, in what is undoubtedly a hostile and challenging environment for many individuals and those trying to support them.”

Karen Bradford, of The Sorted Project, said the focus would be on reaching out to its clients.

She said: “It will help us expand our unique recovery service, providing much needed support to people in recovery from substance dependency and associated mental health problems.”

Julie a great example for Race for Life Twilight

A CANCER survivor is urging women to reach for the stars by signing up for Cancer Research UK’s new Race for Life Twilight.

Julie Rattray, pictured right, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphatic system, four years ago.

She is now encouraging others to sign up for the 5k women-only evening fundraising event which will take place in Edinburgh for the first time on October 26 at Holyrood Park.

To enter visit www.raceforlife.org/twilight or call 0845 600 6050.