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Pulling together to support the Haverhill community

Christine Abraham and Jon Eaton of Community Action Suffolk
Christine Abraham and Jon Eaton of Community Action Suffolk

Community Action Suffolk received £328,424 to fund the local conversation in Haverhill South from the Trust, using money raised by Health Intend through The Health Lottery.

The investment has been awarded through the Trust’s local conversations programme, which involves supporting residents to develop a shared vision for their community.  The visit to the capital was to celebrate the People’s Health Trust’s fifth anniversary.

Jon Eaton, VCSE locality officer at Community Action Suffolk, said:

“We were delighted to be able to celebrate People’s Health Trust’s fifth anniversary at the House of Commons.

“Using funding from the Trust, we are working towards building a BMX pump track in Haverhill South for the community and we have invested in 11 local projects through our Community Chest.”

People’s Health Trust supports residents to design and deliver activities that will benefit local people the most. In the last five years, more than £80 million has been raised by 51 society lotteries, through The Health Lottery and 2,300 projects have been supported, helping more than 400,000 people across Great Britain.

The Trust funds a huge variety of projects, from community hubs where residents come together, to intergenerational projects. People’s Health Trust chief executive John Hume said:

“It has been fantastic to have so many of our funded projects together at one event.

“I am delighted that so many were able to come and help us celebrate our fifth anniversary.

“People’s Health Trust has achieved a significant amount to address health inequalities locally in the last five years, none of which would be possible without the local organisations we work with.

“They are the real driving force behind change.

“Through their knowledge, skills and wisdom they are identifying the issues that need to be addressed in their neighbourhood and how best to address them.”

The Trust is an independent charity investing in local communities to help create a society without health inequalities.