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Parliament Thanks Players

19th June 2013

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People's Postcode Lottery players recognised in UK Parliament for their support of local charities

Bridge of Weir Improvement Playpark Group received funding to update their existing playground amenities Bridge of Weir Improvement Playpark Group received funding to update their existing playground amenities

Players of People's Postcode Lottery have recently been praised in the House of Commons by Jim Sheridan MP for raising more than £28 Million for good causes across Britain. Mr Sheridan represents the constituency of Paisley and Renfrewshire North and thanked players for their continuing support of projects positively impacting communities through promoting children's wellbeing, poverty relief, nature conservation, and community development. As of 19th June, this motion was also signed by eight other MPs in Parliament.

Speaking about his motion, Jim said: “I was very pleased to be able to help recognise and promote the work of People's Postcode Lottery by tabling a motion in Parliament.  People's Postcode Lottery provides tangible support for organisations at the grassroots level the length and breadth of Britain and has allowed many of these groups to keep going and grow. This support is invaluable for local groups and I am pleased to support People's Postcode Lottery in any way that I can.”

Indeed, over the last four years, 14 projects in the Paisley and Renfrewshire North constituency have received a total of £82,000 funding from People's Postcode Trust, a grant-giving organisation funded by players of People's Postcode Lottery.

Linwood Active organises clean-ups of disused play areas to create an enhanced sense of community ownership. This community group received £10,000 funding to purchase play equipment for the first functional activity park in the Linwood area for a generation. These facilities are suitable for both children and young adults and have helped to promote the benefits of increased physical activity.

A project run by Paisley (JNI) Scout Group was also made possible thanks to the help of People's Postcode Lottery players. The group received £10,000 funding towards constructing a new 19-metre climbing wall and updating their Pyramid Activity Centre.

Teenage Cancer Trust offers practical and emotional support to young people with cancer, as well as their families. This charity builds specialist units to give these cancer patients the best possible chance of a positive outcome. Thanks to £10,000 funding from People's Postcode Lottery players, the charity’s ‘Hair 4 U’ project was made possible. This project aims to give young cancer patients their confidence back thanks to the provision of high-quality wigs.

The Bridge of Weir Playpark Improvement Group also received £10,000 funding to develop recreational features within Bridge of Weir. This money went towards upgrading the existing public park facilities so that a broader range of people could share positive experiences and enjoy exercising together. The project was run by local volunteers keen to create a greater sense of community.

The volunteers at Barnardo's Scotland work hard to transform the lives of vulnerable young people and ensure their lives are free from poverty, exploitation and violence. With more than 122 community-based services in place, their aim is to make sure that every child in Scotland has the best possible start in life. The Barnardo's Scotland centre in Paisley received £9,090 funding towards their ongoing projects.

Quarriers is a Scottish charity dedicated to helping families overcome adversity and make the most of their lives. Thanks to £10,000 funding from People's Postcode Lottery players, the Countryview project was made possible. This project focuses on organising short breaks for families who are caring for a child with a learning disability. During their visits family members get a break from the responsibility of dealing with a child with a disability, and these children have fun and make new friends.