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Norfolk's PCC increases funding to sexual abuse charity experiencing huge increase in demand

A Norfolk charity for people who've suffered sexual abuse, is facing a huge demand for its services.

The Sue Lambert Trust in Norwich has a waiting list of 500 people for its counselling sessions - those who use it say it's a lifeline.

Now, its getting a funding boost from Norfolk's Police and Crime Commissioner in recognition of the pressure it is under.

Sue Lambert is awash with people. The needs are enormous.

I have a social responsibility, I have a personal responsibility to do what I can and to alleviate suffering of these survivors and help them be reminded of their dignity and to rebuild their lives.

– Lorne Green, Norfolk's Police and Crime Commissioner
The Trust offers counselling to survivors of sexual abuse Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Trust is being given £100,000 so more volunteer counsellors can be trained to help reduce the size of the waiting list.

CEO Mette Ohrvik said the charity is keen to help more people, but the lack of resources makes it difficult.

"The support we've had from the PCC in the last 3 years has made an enormous difference.

"We can go into each year confident that we've got that backing. But ultimately, at the moment, we don't have the resources that we need to help people as much as we would like to, so we have to balance that with wanting to help people as much as we can."

This year, demand for services at the Trust is expected to increase further Credit: ITV News Anglia