Good Causes Win Every Time!
Most lottery players consider themselves lucky whenever they win a prize of any kind, but it is always worth remembering that Good Causes win every single time a draw takes place. Every ticket purchased for a lottery game in the UK raises money for worthwhile projects, and now some 500,000 projects have been supported since the National Lottery was launched. Around £36 million is raised each week for Good Causes, so let’s take a quick look at some of the most recent beneficiaries.
The 500,000th National Lottery grant has just recently been awarded to a project called Ipswich 4 Family. This voluntary organisation exists to assist parents who need some help in raising their children, and it does so by supplying family mentors who provide friendship as well as both practical and emotional support. The lottery grant will be used to train additional volunteers for this important work.
‘Life can be lonely and exhausting,’ said Dot Cordie, who is Chair of Trustees at Ipswich 4 Family. ‘Parents can feel like they have nowhere to turn. Ipswich 4 Family is a group of trained people who will listen, encourage and support parents to help make their lives better.’
Another project that has recently benefitted from money raised by lottery players is RainbowBiz in Flintshire, which was one of 58 communities across Wales that shared £101,278 in funding from the Big Lottery Fund. RainbowBiz is a social enterprise that aims to promote equality and diversity in the community, and their grant of £1,893 will fund an event to ‘celebrate the integration of diverse communities.’
‘We just want to say a massive thank you to everyone who plays the National Lottery for making this possible and we are just so grateful,’ said the Director of RainbowBiz, Sarah Way. ‘We can celebrate with our volunteers now.’
These two projects are fairly small and serve their immediate community, but the money raised for Good Causes also helps to support projects that are much broader in scale. For example, the Heritage Lottery Fund recently put together a £25 million National Lottery funding package that will help city dwellers in Bath, Glasgow, London and Sheffield to reconnect with the nature and countryside around them, as well as fund landscape projects in eight other areas.
Ros Kerslake, who is Chief Executive of the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), explained more. ‘Our historic landscapes are incredibly important to people’s wellbeing and need to be protected. Some of the landscapes we are funding today are in the most remote parts of the UK; others form an important backdrop to some of our largest cities. What they all have in common is the potential to make people’s lives better, which is why they are so richly deserving of National Lottery money.’
These are just a few of the Good Causes that are being supported by lottery players each and every week, so the next time you buy yourself a ticket, pause for a moment and feel good about the fact that your participation makes a very real difference to worthwhile projects all across the UK.Thursday 10th November 2016
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