A Selby charity which helps disabled people has been saved from the brink of closure by a major cash grant.

Selby and District DIAL (Disability and Information Advice Line) has secured a £344,445 boost from the Big Lottery Fund’s Reaching Communities programme. In recent months the organisation, which has been operating since 1989, has faced an uncertain future and at one point looked as though it might have to close because of a £5,000 shortfall. Supporters and clients rallied to raise money and staff reduced hours while they awaited news of funding bids. Karen Williams, the charity’s co-ordinator, said: “Thanks to this grant from the Big Lottery Fund, disabled people, their families and carers in the Selby area will continue to have access to free, impartial advice, help and support.”