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Issue:- 17 October 2013


FORMER Eastenders star Cheryl Fergison joined residents from a local community project in a double celebration after securing almost £10,000 funding.

The 48 year old, who played Heather Trott in the TV soap, visited the Tesco in Old Swan to hand over £750 worth of food and gift vouchers, which had been donated by the store, to Healing Space Liverpool.

The group is also celebrating being awarded £9,140 from People‘s Health Trust, which distributes money raised by HealthFit through The Health Lottery.

Healing Space Liverpool will use the cash boost for their baking bread project, which aims to bring people together through cooking, to increase self-esteem and develop healthier lifestyles.

Fergison said:- "To see people who are usually isolated coming together is fantastic. That‘s what is important about The Health Lottery scheme; it helps small groups in local communities."

Maria Barrington, director of Healing Space Liverpool, said the grant and donation will make a "massive difference" to the group.  She said:- "It means we have more resources, so can get even more people involved in our project. We are incredibly grateful…  We will be able to help people who feel isolated and vulnerable and bring them together."

To date, a total of £171,952 has been distributed to community groups and not-for-profit organisations in Merseyside.

On the day, the Tesco store was presented with a plaque to celebrate the stores fundraising efforts for good causes in Merseyside through Health Lottery ticket sales.

Store manager, Peter Green, said it was great to receive "recognition. We have put in a tremendous amount of effort into helping the local community…and feel really proud to have helped Healing Space with food and vouchers."

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