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Stornoway-based cystic fibrosis charity The Leanne Fund is to receive a £5,000 donation as part of Benefact Group's Movement for Good awards.

The money will be used to provide those affected by the condition supermarket vouchers to help offset cost of living pressures, and to make direct payments to energy providers to help with heating costs.

Cystic fibrosis can place additional stresses on personal budgets for a variety of reasons. The need to have a high-calorie diet to ensure a healthy weight can lead to increased food bills, while keeping homes warm in order to prevent lung infections can cause energy bills to rise.

Additionally, specialist equipment required in the home can increase energy usage, while attending regular hospital appointments creates higher fuel costs. Hospital admissions may rise if an individual with cystic fibrosis prioritises fuel or rent over nutrition.

Chrisetta Mitchell, Development Manager for The Leanne Fund, said: “We are so grateful to have been nominated for the Movement for Good award. Winning this award will allow us to provide vital, lifeline support for individuals and families affected by CF who are really struggling to make ends meet due to the ongoing cost of living crisis. Heartfelt thanks to all those who took the time to nominate The Leanne Fund.”

A financial services group, The Benefact Group is one the UK's largest corporate givers, having donated over £200 million to charitable causes since 2014. In 2023 it is donating £1 million for the fifth consecutive year, done through grants spread across the year.

The Leanne Fund was drawn at random to receive a grant from public nominations of charities supporting children and young people.

Mark Hews, Group Chief Executive of Benefact Group, said: “We would like to thank every single person who took the time to nominate a children and young people charity as part of our Movement for Good Awards.

"We know that £5,000 can make a huge difference to the incredible work that children and young people charities do and we’re looking forward to seeing how this financial boost will help to nurture the next generation.”

Individuals wishing to access support from the donation made to The Leanne Fund should contact their cystic fibrosis team, who will submit an application to The Leanne Fund on their behalf.