The Leanne Fund has secured a funding package of £133,301 from The Big Lottery Fund to allow expansion to the Grampian area and support many more individuals affected by Cystic Fibrosis.

The Lewis based charity currently aids those across the Highlands and Islands and will utilise the funding to take forward a three year Development Project to assist many more families further afield.

Ann Marie Murray, Chair of The Leanne Fund, said: “We are absolutely delighted to secure this crucial funding which will allow us to build on our work to assist even more individuals with Cystic Fibrosis and their families.

“This is a hugely significant milestone for us which will allow us to recruit a staff member to develop this service.

“We know the difference that a support service makes to those affected by Cystic Fibrosis and those around them, and we are hugely grateful to the Big Lottery Fund for believing in our project which we hope will make a big difference.”

The Leanne Fund was set up in 2009 in memory of Leanne Mitchell from the Isle of Lewis.

The charity funds special treats and a range of support services for young people affected by Cystic Fibrosis and their families; and since founded it has continued to expand and develop the range of services and experiences offered.

The Leanne Fund's new Development Project includes plans to continue progress and support those affected by Cystic Fibrosis with fitness plans and equipment; counselling; complementary therapies and the administration of small grants and crisis funds.

Big Lottery Fund Scotland Chair, Maureen McGinn, said: “I am delighted that The Leanne Fund is one of 60 groups sharing in our latest grants totalling over £17 million.

“This is life changing money which will support people and families facing challenging circumstances and I wish The Leanne Fund every success as it goes on to develop and expand this valuable project.”

The Big Lottery Fund supports the aspirations of people who want to make life better for their communities across the UK.

It is responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised by the National Lottery for good causes and invests over £650 million a year in projects big and small in health, education, environment and charitable purposes.