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Crisis charity saved with 43,000
Hastings
Age Concern Hastings helps older people in the town
A one-off 43,000 payment has been made to a charity facing a funding crisis to ensure its short-term future.

The money, to provide support for Age Concern Hastings, came from East Sussex and Hastings councils, and Hastings and Rother Primary Care Trust (PCT).

The two councils and the PCT act as partners for the charity.

East Sussex County Council said it was offering assistance and advice to Age Concern while it drew up a long-term plan.

Greater fundraising

Keith Hinkley, director of adult social care, said it was an "exceptional funding arrangement".

He said the package was in recognition of the "valuable services" Age Concern provided to older people in the town, and its role in improving their health.

And Age Concern had agreed that a robust business plan - with emphasis on greater fund-raising and development of new income - would be critical in ensuring its survival.

The charity's three partners will be monitoring and reviewing its progress over the next 16 months, he added.

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