The Scottish Cot Death Trust will receive £310,829 of a £3.9 million lottery funding package. All up, 11 Scottish projects will share the Big Lottery Fund money.
The Scottish Cot Death Trust grant is for its Families Together project. This will establish a specialist support programme for mums and dads, and will ensure new parents are educated about what they can do to reduce the risks of cot death.
“Cot death remains a major cause for concern in Scotland as we currently lose one baby to cot death every nine days,” said Fiona Brown, executive director of the Scottish Cot Death Trust.
“We feel that better education and better targeting of information could play a significant role in reducing the numbers of deaths.
“However, we recognise that better education will not ease the total devastation faced by bereaved families and it is for this reason that our project will also be developing new support services across Scotland, such as counselling, befriending, and family support days.”
Other projects to benefits for the lottery fund included support services for people living with HIV and Hepatitis and the Royal National Institute for Deaf People.