Fund gives Kindle to disabled charity

From left to right, a client of the Tomorrows Project together with Tomorrows co-ordinator Julie Redpath and operations manager Jacqui Thompson and Pc Laura Batey.

From left to right, a client of the Tomorrows Project together with Tomorrows co-ordinator Julie Redpath and operations manager Jacqui Thompson and Pc Laura Batey.

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A project supporting people with learning disabilities has received its own helping hand.

Northumbria Police Charities Fund provided the North Tyneside-based LD North East Tomorrows Project with a Kindle for a raffle to raise money.

Pc Laura Batey, who is based with Wallsend Neighbourhood Policing Team, works with the project which helps people with learning disabilities who are trying to live independent lives.

She said: “Tomorrows is a new project for people from North Tyneside who are over the age of 50 and have a learning disability. The Kindle was used as part of a raffle to raise funds at a festival day.”

Tomorrows is a five-year project funded by The Big Lottery ‘Reaching Communities’ grant and helps vulnerable people who feel isolated, alone and in need of light support.

David Robinson, LD North East chief executive, said: “It was great to see so many people from our local community having fun and contributing to supporting people with learning disabilities in the area.”

“The local police have always been very supportive of our work over the years and it was lovely to have Laura there on the day.

“It was extremely kind of them to provide the star prize for our raffle.

“The proceeds of the event will make a great contribution to our minibus fund.”

North Tyneside Charities Fund Trustee Michelle Preen said: “It is great that our donation has helped raise funds for this fantastic project which is there for people when they need help and assistance.”