BBC Children in Need has awarded nearly £100,000 to support a Hillingdon project working with disadvantaged children and young people.

The news comes as it celebrates the launch of its 2017 fund-raising campaign and is asking people to channel their passions, hobbies or dreams to help change the lives of disadvantaged children and young people across the UK.

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Hillingdon Carers has been awarded £99,700 to provide intensive help to young carers affected by parental substance dependency and those whose parents are experiencing mental health issues. 

Sally Chandler, Chief Executive at Hillingdon Carers, said: “[It] will allow us to deliver intensive one-to-one emotional support to the young carers while also working in a wider family context to help address the social issues affecting them.”

Katie Higginson, Children in Need Regional Head of London and the South East, said: “I look forward to seeing the difference this project makes to children and young people in Hillingdon in the coming months.”

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