THOUSANDS of pounds of extra funding has been given to charity and voluntary groups to help health needs in Portsmouth.
GPs who buy-in health services have given an extra £260,000 for schemes that improve people’s lives.
In total 15 projects are set to benefit from a slice of the Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Group money, with a further £82,000 being earmarked for three more projects.
The Portsmouth Breathe Easy group got £15,391 to provide two more exercise and pulmonary rehabilitation classes in the north and the south of the city.
Group chairman Eric Compton said: ‘This money is fantastic for us and we really are pleased to be getting it.
‘A lot of our members have Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, and what they need is help with gentle exercises to help their breathing.
‘This money will enable us to hold extra sessions to meet demand.’
The other projects to secure money are:
n Portsmouth Counselling Service – £29,450.
n Company of Makers (veteran service) – £29,235.
n Wessex Cancer Trust – £28,000.
n Action Hampshire (Portsmouth) in partnership with Portsmouth Race Equality Network Organisation – £25,692.
n Sustrans – £25,000.
n Aspex Visual Arts Trust – £25,000.
n Off the Record – £20,000.
n Pompey in the Community (two separate projects) – £16,700 and £16,600.
n YMCA Fairthorne Group – £14,800.
n Southern Domestic Abuse Service – £4,850.
n The Rowans Hospice – £3,000.
n Brendoncare Club – £1,260.
Dr Jim Hogan, head of the CCG, said: ‘We were originally planning to set aside £200,000 for schemes this year, after the £250,000 allocated last year.
‘But we had 50 bids totalling more than £1m this time.
‘Some of them were so good we really did not want to turn them down, so we have found a further £140,000 or so.
‘I have to say that if all the projects we are supporting turn out to be as good as suggested, this will be £340,000 very well spent as it will make a huge difference in so many ways to the lives of so many people in Portsmouth.’