A COUNTY charity has been awarded more than £450,000 of National Lottery funding.

Headway Herefordshire provides support to people across the county who have a head or brain injury.

It has helped almost 100 people over the past year to rebuild their lives and regain confidence and skills, including those who have experienced a road accident, brain tumour or a stroke.

The charity will use the new National Lottery grant to support people with brain injuries, and their families and carers, by offering therapeutic activities such as yoga, creative writing and pottery.

The money will help the charity to make support more accessible by providing support to people in their own homes, as well as at the charity’s existing centre in Credenhill.

Local workshops and community based support workers will help to bring people together who are experiencing similar situations, reducing isolation and developing their self-esteem, confidence and life skills.

Helen Mapp, Chief Executive Officer at Headway Herefordshire, said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for us to further enhance our services to meet the changing needs of local people affected by acquired brain injury.

“You can find out more about the support we offer at an exhibition of art and pottery made by our members at De Koffie Pot in Hereford from June 8 to 15.”

James Harcourt, England Grant-Making Director at the Big Lottery Fund, said: “We’re proud to be funding Headway Herefordshire’s work to support people following a life-changing brain injury.

"Thanks to National Lottery players, more people will be provided with a place where they can come together to build friendships, confidence and skills.”