A charity supporting families in Burton struggling to make ends meet has received a welcome boost of £6,750 to help them keep children entertained during the holidays.

The Love Inspire Foundation was started by Monica Dunbar as a crisis prevention centre back in 2015 after she noticed that families were struggling to buy school uniforms and has continued to go from strength to strength.

Mrs Dunbar also offers half term activities for families which are designed to provide free creative and fun ways for children to make the most of the break. It provides free lunches and food as Mrs Dunbar found that families were struggling to provide this as the children were usually fed lunch by the school.

The holiday project has now received £6,750 from the Big Lottery Fund to help the activities to continue going in the school breaks with lottery bosses saying that the project will improve health and wellbeing for children and their families.

The holiday scheme was started before the school uniform collection and has now been running for six years offering families in Burton free lunches, coach trips, assistance with school uniform and a crisis centre to assist families in hardship.

Over the school summer holidays the charity helped to provide 135 children with a free school uniform after setting up a pop-up shop in The Octagon shopping centre.

It came after feedback from families suggested that school uniforms for older children, especially where logos are compulsory, has meant that they could not be bought from mainstream supermarkets. Mrs Dunbar said that the average spend per child was £130 including shoes and PE kit.

The Love Inspire Foundation has been named just one of the projects in the West Midlands to receive the National Lottery funding. A total of 225 projects will receive a share of £7,538,274 which has been raised by National Lottery players for good causes.

Monica Dunbar and Peter Hardingham with the Love Inspire Foundation team at The Octagon shopping centre

James Harcourt, England grant making director at the Big Lottery Fund said: "We are proud to give National Lottery money to local projects that make a difference in their communities. Whether £500 or £500,000, our funding is used to run amazing projects led by local people.

"When you hear about projects like these you realise the incredible impact the money generated by National Lottery players has had on communities across England. It really is life changing."

Almost 1,400 community projects across England are set to benefit from a total of £40 million of National Lottery funding in the latest round of investment.

More information is available from the Love Inspire Foundation Facebook page or by visiting www.loveinspirefoundationtrust.org.

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