Save the Children increases UK grant scheme after influx of calls

Charity hopes £1m will help more 'struggling families'

Save the Children plans to extend a new scheme to give cash grants to struggling UK families after an influx of calls.

The organisation is working with charity Family Action to give grants of between £100 and £200 to families hit by what it calls a "crisis scenario".

The scheme, which started yesterday, was originally worth £150,000 and was designed to support about 1,000 families.

But a spokesman for the charity said it hoped to increase funding for the project to £1m, raised through donations from corporate sponsors and the public.

He said the charity's staff had been busier than usual as a result of enquiries from families hoping to receive grants and donors pledging to support the scheme.

Save the Children said unemployment, rising food prices and a housing crisis were conspiring against families.

Colette Marshall, director of UK programmes at the charity, said: "We have launched hundreds of grants projects in developing countries to help children in crisis. Now we are helping to distribute money to families on our doorstep."

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