A HAMPSHIRE transgender charity will receive £283,000.

The cash from the National Lottery Community Fund will pay for “life-saving” services for the Warsash based group - who run support sessions for transgender people and their significant others across Hampshire.

CEO of Chrysalis Andi Maratos - who took on the role just 18 months ago - said the cash will go towards making the organisation “stronger and more sustainable.”

She said: “We are very excited. It gives us the resources to put more into core services. It’s not a massive amount but will last five years.

“We will be able to give more support for volunteers, more opportunities for volunteers.

“We will be able to sustain and enhance the service across Hampshire and develop our capacity and visibility.”

The charity is also organising its second annual conference, scheduled to take place on April 9.

As reported last years’ conference saw Scissor Sisters star and Chrysalis patron Ana Matronic speak at the event in a bid to raise awareness of transgender issues and offer support to the group.

This year’s event will take place at Solent University’s The Spark Building with the theme “transinclusivity - showcasing best practice and developing strategies.”

Chrysalis offers counselling, life skills, peer support, networking, and advice to trans people and their families – and they also offer training to companies on trans inclusivity and rights.

They offer wellbeing support groups from their centres in Southampton, Fareham and Basingstoke.