Charity ambassadors have sent their thanks to players of People's Postcode Lottery, following the news that they have now raised half a billion pounds for good causes since the lottery's launch in 2005.

"I would like to extend my thanks to the players of People's Postcode Lottery for the remarkable contribution they make to conservation and other charitable causes, which as of today has totalled £500 Million." - Sir David Attenborough

People's Postcode Lottery celebrates £500 Million charity milestone

The money has been used to fund more than 7,500 charities and good causes working for people and planet, ranging from grassroots community groups to national organisations such as Maggie's, WWF-UK and Dogs Trust.

The actress, Dame Emma Thompson, an ambassador for the Helen Bamber Foundation, added: "I really do not know where we would be without the support of players of People's Postcode Lottery - my gratitude to them for their generosity knows no bounds. They have helped the Helen Bamber Foundation achieve more than I can possibly describe."

In addition to Sir David Attenborough and Dame Emma, other high profile celebrities including the Hollywood actor George Clooney, the Oscar winner Olivia Colman, and the BAFTA winner Carey Mulligan have also sent their thanks to the millions of players who take part in People's Postcode Lottery every month.