14 July 2009
People’s Postcode Lottery players are bowling the recession blues out of the park...or should we say the beach! A landmark £2 million has now been raised for charities in the North of England, and what better way to celebrate than a day at the seaside?
Street Prize Presenter Judie McCourt took to South Shields beach in search of sun, sea and sandcastles at the annual Children North East Sandcastle Challenge competition, and roped in some of the participating school children from Glebe School to help her celebrate.
The sun didn’t just shine on the sandcastle-building schoolchildren that day, as the £2 million raised means a huge amount to our great charity partners - Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust, Daisy Chain, Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres, Missing People, Northumberland Wildlife Trust, local community projects, and of course, the Sandcastle Challenge hosts, Children North East.
It’s an astounding amount! And it’s all down to you, our players - in a time of economic uncertainty, regular and unrestricted support allows these charities to continue their admirable work. They can devote more resources to nature and wildlife conservation, reuniting families, ensuring children’s wellbeing or giving support to those affected by autism or cancer. It’s a momentous milestone - congratulations!
People's Postcode Lottery's charity partners came along to the Summer 'Postcode Jumbo' party in Barnsley to accept the cheque for an amazing £2million raised by players.
Geoff Newiss, Director of Policy and Research for Missing People, accepted the cheque on behalf of the charities that have benefitted from this great amount.
Geoff said: "The work Missing People does is crucial. Players in the North of England have so far raised over £71,000 for Missing People, and this support can do so much - last year we received 90,000 calls for help in England alone, and we’re currently appealing for more than 350 vulnerable missing people."