Funds for flood-hit older people in Cumbria

A charity helping older people in west Cumbria to rebuild their lives after the floods has been given £197,000.

The Big Lottery Fund's Reaching Communities funding goes to Age Concern North West Cumbria, now known as Age UK West Cumbria.

The charity will offer advice on insurance and refurbishment and help prevent people feeling isolated.

More than 1,300 properties were flooded across the county during heavy rainfall in November 2009.

The project will reach people in Cockermouth, Workington and Keswick and involve day centres and groups broken up as a result of the floods.

Big Lottery Fund chief executive Peter Wanless said: "The fund applauds the tremendous resilience and strength of the people of Cumbria in pulling together to get their community working again.

"The fund has a proud history of supporting older people across the UK and we are delighted to support Age Concern Cumbria in this highly commendable project to rebuild vital resources, services and facilities and provide crucial assistance for those most in need in the community."

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