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Charities benefit from Lottery funds

Charitable causes across Yorkshire have been awarded millions of pounds thanks to the Big Lottery Fund. Around £3.7 million in funding has been awarded to 15 projects across the region as part of the Big Lottery Fund's Reaching Communities programme.

Among the organisations to benefit is the Barnsley Beacon, which supports the relatives and friends of substance users. The charity has received £112,389, which will enable it to continue to expand its projects supporting carers, providing a 24/7 helpline, counselling, and complementary treatments.

There is plenty of help for the addict, but very little for the innocent victims of drug and alcohol abuse, the family, friend or carer. This is why I founded Barnsley Beacon. This has become a safe haven for myself, and other people affected by the trauma of drug and alcohol abuse."

– June Marshall, founder of Barnsley Beacon

Scam warning

People are being warned to be aware of a new Lottery scam claiming to have links with the London 2012 Olympics. A concerned Nottinghamshire resident contacted Police after receiving a letter headed '2012 Summer Olympic Lottery', which says they have won a £900,000 prize.

The letter asks them to return a form completed with their personal details, including bank account information, to claim the prize.

Anyone who responds to a scam letter is likely to have their details circulated to other criminals and be bombarded with similar scam letters or phone calls. Trading Standards advises that you should never give your personal or bank account details to people you don't trust.

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