A check of £152,000 has been handed to a Preston and Chorley charity, to help support patients who have suffered major trauma.
The National Lottery’s Community Fund awarded the funding to Headway Preston and Chorley who provide a voluntary support service for patients.
Last year, the charity ran a pilot project for patients who have suffered a major trauma injury to find out if their service could be beneficial to other patients going through life-changing injuries. The outcome was staggering, with all 257 patients who accessed the service rating it ‘very good’ and ‘excellent’.
Liz Bamber, Project Manager at Headway Preston and Chorley, said, “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 increase our service to patients and help them overcome practical problems after a major trauma injury including brain injury.
“This funding will make a huge difference and is vital because it helps families to deal with a sudden change to their lives. The service is available to patients and their families as soon as they need it, and most issues can be dealt with before they are discharged from hospital.”
Karen Partington, Chief Executive at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, added, “We are thrilled that Headway Preston and Chorley has received funding to expand and continue what is a fantastic source of support.
“The lives of the patients and their loved ones using this service have often changed dramatically and rapidly, and this daily service means there will always be help, support and advice whenever they need it. We are extremely grateful to the team and all that they do for our community.”