Local community group’s £50k celebration

Published April 10, 2017 at 9:17

A local community group is celebrating after receiving a grant for £50,000.

The Blackburn-based Sliding Doors – whose mission it is to change the lives of people of all ages who may be lonely, isolated or living with disabilities through their project ‘Open for All’ – were one of five groups competing in a public vote in the Granada region for a share of National Lottery funding in the People’s Projects competition.

People voted in their numbers and the group received a surprise visit from ITV’s Granada Reports at Blackburn Rovers’ Ewood Park ground to let them have the good news and the all-important cheque.

Sliding Doors currently run a thriving social group at Blackburn Rovers Blues Bar and Mill Hill Community Centre which provides an opportunity for people to get out, create friendships and enjoy themselves.

The prize money will be used to take this life-changing work to the next level.

Councillor Mohammed Khan, Leader of Blackburn with Darwen Council, said:

This is a brilliant result for a deserving local group. It’s fantastic to see them featured on the regional news so everyone can see the great work they do. That a public vote was involved also shows the community spirit that exists locally and how everyone has come together to help deliver this. Well done to all.

Ewood Councillor, Maureen Bateson – who is involved with the group, said:

I’m absolutely delighted for everyone involved in Sliding Doors who I know do a fantastic job of changing the lives of people in Blackburn with Darwen and across Lancashire. This money will make a huge difference for them and they will be in a position to help many more people of all ages who may be lonely, isolated or living with disabilities.

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