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Health Lottery Good Causes

The Health Lottery distributes 20p to health related good causes around the country for every £1 spent on tickets. It isn't actually a national lottery; each week one or more organisations from a list of 51 separate society lotteries - each representing at least one local authority within England, Scotland and Wales - takes part in the lottery draws. The rotation of these lotteries, who are all licensed by the Gambling Commission, ensures that every region of Great Britain sees a share of the pot over time.

The Health Lottery raises money for initiatives concerned with helping people lead healthier, longer lives and which aren't already funded by the NHS. Local people choose the causes that benefit from the funds alongside Health Lottery's partner charity, the People's Health Trust.

In autumn 2015, the Health Lottery celebrated raising 70 million for good causes, having helped more than 1,300 schemes and 123,000 people from all corners of Great Britain.

The Conservation Volunteers Green Gym in Doncaster, which encourages people with depression, loneliness and anxiety to work together to reclaim green spaces in their local area is just one of the many charities to benefit from the Health Lottery. They received £87,000 to keep their members active and make major improvements to nearby outdoor spaces.

In Norfolk, Dementia UK and Age UK have recruited the county's first specialist dementia nurses as part of a two-year pilot scheme following a windfall of £60,000 from Health Lottery funds.