Harrow groups which help young people in emotional distress and those at risk of getting involved in crime have been given a cash boost of more than £200,000.

Two Harrow-based organisations are set to share £217,939 in new funding from BBC Children in Need to help them continue their work in the borough.

A total of £90,000 will go to the Ignite Trust which works with young people aged 10 to 18 at risk of becoming involved in crime and gang activity.

The additional £127,939 has been awarded to the WISH Centre to provide targeted counselling to young people who are facing emotional distress and are at risk of self-harm and suicide.

Kerry Luker, regional head of London and the south east for BBC Children in Need, said: "At BBC Children in Need we fund projects making a tangible difference to young lives.

"In the months ahead these groups will work closely with some of the young people in Harrow that need it most. To all our fundraisers who have made these grants possible, a very big thank you."

The Ignite Trust uses sport to help re-engage young people and reintroduce them to education or employment.

The funding will be used to fund a sports and activities development coordinator along with trips and sports equipment.

It will also provide a mentoring programme, which will work with 500 local young people over the next three years.

With activities running both afterschool and during holiday times, and hosted at a range of local venues, the trust will host sports in a safe, socially inclusive environment, where young people can have fun without the risk of violence.

The WISH Centre, which works with people aged 11 and upwards, will use the money to run services after school, on evenings and weekends.

It will offer a range of options including peer based support groups, counselling, text and online support.

The grant will run for three years and will help around 2,000 young people from across the borough during the period in a bid to significantly lower rates of self-harming and life limiting behaviours.

BBC Children in Need's chief executive, David Ramsden, added: "Put simply, these grants are made possible by our amazing supporters. Thank you, everybody should feel incredibly proud of the difference they are making to young lives."

The charity now supports eight projects working in Harrow with a combined total of more than £447,000.

BBC Children in Need grants are open to new applicants.

Projects working with children and young people facing any kind of disadvantage can find out more on how to apply for funding at bbc.co.uk/pudsey/grants.