More than 100 young deaf and blind people in the north-east will benefit from two major lottery windfalls.
North East Sensory Services (Ness) has secured £75,000 from the National Lottery Community Fund’s Young Start Fund which will be used over the next three years for its young people’s service.
A further £10,000 has been awarded from the Scottish Children’s Lottery ‘Chance to Connect Fund’.
Caroline Rutherford, fundraising manager with Ness, which helps children in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Moray, said: “This money will help young people with sensory loss across the north east at a time when it’s most needed.
“The Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown have posed new challenges to children with hearing and visual impairments, but this kind of investment helps us change that.
“We work with more than 100 children across the north east to ensure they can participate in society in the same way as their peers.”
She said the charity’s work results in increased self-esteem, independence and initiative which leads to the children having a greater sense of their own potential.
“All donations big and small help us continue this work, and we are extremely grateful to everyone who has supported us financially.”