TOWN BREAK have received a massive boost in funding, courtesy of the National Lottery Community Fund.

The dementia support charity has picked up an extra £20,000 from the fund, set to be spread out over two years.

Town Break have confirmed they will use this money to further their mission of inspiring and enabling people across Forth Valley to live with dementia.

A spokesperson for Town Break said: “This funding comes at a crucial time for Town Break Dementia Support.

“We are grateful for the National Lottery Community Fund’s continued support in helping us make a positive impact on the lives of people affected by dementia.”

This funding will go a long way towards helping Town Break provide services, especially after the charity had to announce cuts around Christmas.

As reported by the Advertiser, Town Break was forced to axe their Alva Support Group + amid funding cuts from the Clackmannanshire and Stirling Health and Social Care Partnership.

Town Break relies on funding from the Health and Social Care Partnership, a joint integration collaborative between the neighbouring council areas to better support people in Forth Valley.

The Integrated Joint Board (IJB) merged services provided by NHS Forth Valley and both Clackmannanshire and Stirling Councils with each partner taking responsibility for parts of the budget.

It provides adult social care, adult primary health care and unscheduled adult hospital care for the region.

With the clarity of their funding unclear, the charity was forced to make cutbacks to several of their services in Clacks and the wider Forth Valley area.

Town Break added: “We extend our thanks to National Lottery players whose contributions have made this grant possible.

“Their support enables us to make a meaningful difference in the lives of people affected by dementia in local communities.”

This is a continuation of a long-standing relationship between Town Break and the National Lottery, with the money set to massively help the charity provide their services.

Kate Still, Scotland chair of the National Lottery Community Fund, expressed her appreciation of the impact funding like this can have.

She said: “Every day, National Lottery funding is transforming lives in communities across Scotland.

“The project delivered by Town Break Dementia Support is a shining example of community engagement and collaboration, demonstrating the profound impact that collective action can have on the lives of others.”