Dementia in Scotland gets huge lottery boost

Dementia in Scotland gets huge lottery boost

Big Lottery Fund Scotland has launched the Life Changes Trust charity and committed £50 million in funding to young people leaving care and those living with dementia.

The charity believes those two groups are in desperate need of financial help north of the border and has committed to provide £25 million to each cause.

Maureen McGinn, chair of the Big Lottery Fund Scotland Committee, said: "We are delighted that this £50 million Lottery investment will improve the lives of young people who leave care and people with dementia and their carers."

Edel Harris, Chair Life Changes Trust, added that the money has been invested in way which will ensure sustainable change and improve the lives of many people and their families in Scotland.

Currently, around 71,000 people are living with dementia in Scotland, but that figure is expected to rise to more than 127,000 by 2031.