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Lottery Team Help Homeless

15th October 2013

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People's Postcode Lottery team deliver lunch to Edinburgh's homeless

Staff from People's Postcode Lottery delivered sandwiches to the homeless at Streetwork Crisis Centre in Edinburgh Staff from People's Postcode Lottery delivered sandwiches to the homeless at Streetwork Crisis Centre in Edinburgh

As part of a team day with a difference, staff from People's Postcode Lottery joined forces with a local social business to make and deliver sandwiches to the capital's homeless.

The brainchild of Josh Littlejohn, Social Bite is a takeaway sandwich shop on Rose Street that donates 100% of its profits to charity. Josh and his team are dedicated to tackling homelessness, with an impressive 25% of its staff coming from the homeless community. Following expert instruction, the enthusiastic 86-strong team from the Lottery prepared over 200 sandwiches, wraps and bloomers which were then delivered to six different homeless shelters in the capital.

Each team was given the task of making a particular sandwich flavour and then delivered these to St Catherine's Convent of Mercy, The Rock Trust, Streetwork Crisis Centre, Forth Square via Bethany Supported Housing and the Quaker Housing Assocation. Each team brought some much needed nutritious provisions to the city's most vulnerable people.

Although working with the homeless on a personal basis was a new experience for many staff members, at the core of People's Postcode Lottery is charity. 45p from every lottery ticket goes to support good causes. With over £32 Million raised by players for charities such as Maggie's Cancer Caring Centres, Missing People and CHILDREN 1ST, it was a more than appropriate task for such a dedicated crew.

People's Postcode Lottery Managing Director, Jo Bucci, said, "Our staff work hard to deliver funds for charities on a daily basis and as we celebrate five years as a successful business we need to sometimes take a bit of time out from our day jobs to appreciate how far we have come and what difference we make to charities through every single lottery ticket sold."

Jo went on to explain that getting involved directly can help to stimulate greater understanding of the charity mission, as well as build an even greater commitment to growing the business; "These days are about celebrating our team achievements but also helping to bring colleagues from different departments together. With our mission, it is essential that we get the chance to get more directly involved with good causes through the activities planned. Ultimately while it's a great day, with lots of fun built in, and there is also a valid benefit to us as a business."

At the end of the day, there was yet more evidence of the support People's Postcode Lottery gives to good causes. To date, players of People's Postcode Lottery have raised an amazing £2.2 Million for Missing People. The team from People's Postcode Lottery joined in the appeal for missing Edinburgh-based student Yulia Solodyankina by taking a group photo with her appeal poster.

Together with its sister lotteries, Postcode Lotteries are the world's third largest private charity donor and, while it may be the first time they have worked directly with Social Bite, it probably won't be the last. "As an organisation we are constantly inspired by passionate people and always look to ways our players can support the next inspirational leader or idea. What Josh and his team at Social Bite have achieved is brilliant. This is just the type of social enterprise that delivers real social profit and makes an impressive difference", Jo commented.

Social Bite's Josh Littlejohn was equally as positive about such collaboration; "Today is about working together with People's Postcode Lottery in order to bring real and immediate benefit to the most vulnerable people in our communities. Today's People’s Postcode Lottery team day is about being face to face with the very real people behind the statistics and it's one we are delighted to be asked to be a part and it's something we look to build on in the future."