MP welcomes further funding for local health initiatives

The Hastings and Rother Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) held a celebration event at Sussex Coast College Hastings on Friday 26 February to launch the second round of applications for their Small Grants Fund. Local MP, Amber Rudd, was invited along to hear from those who were given funding in the first round. 

Amber commented:

“I would like to thank Amanda for inviting me to the launch event, and providing all of the guests with an insight into the Healthy Hastings Initiative as well as an appreciation for the grants that are being awarded. It is fantastic to hear about the wonderful work that local organisations such as the Sara Lee Trust and Little Gate Farm are doing in order to improve the lives of local residents. 

“I heard that the life-expectancy difference between a male in Burwash and a male in Central St. Leonards equates to around 11.1 years. More needs to be done and I am pleased to see that our CCG are working towards reducing that figure.”

The CCG launched the Healthy Hastings and Rother initiative back in the summer of 2014 and commenced with an initial investment of £5 million to tackle health inequality across the two areas. The injection of £5 million led to the creation of 50+ projects, which was aimed at improving access to healthcare services, enhancing local services and ultimately enabling people to live healthier lives. 

At the launch event for round two of the Small Grants Fund there were three representatives from three organisations who benefited from the first round, but there was an overall total of 26 beneficiaries receiving a total of £200,000 in grants. 

Grants are now available from £1,000 to £10,000 and applications must be received by Friday 20 May. More information can be found on the CCG’s website here: http://bit.ly/1WS5d8G 

Amanda Philpott, Chief Officer of the Hastings and Rother CCG remarked:

“The community and voluntary sector plays a huge role in keeping people healthy and happy and our grants programme is supporting this vital contribution. It was inspiring to hear from the beneficiaries about how they are using our investment to support local people’s health and wellbeing and we are looking forward to receiving applications for round two.

We are grateful for Amber’s ongoing support as we continue to work with local people to address health inequality through our Healthy Hastings and Rother programme.”