People's Postcode Lottery has announced that players have raised over £20 Million for good causes since its launch in 2008. This money has brought smiles to the faces of people all over Britain.
From national charities to local good causes, the funding raised by players is making a huge difference to communities. With over £20 Million in total, there's plenty to celebrate.
Children's charity CHILDREN 1ST has been lucky enough to receive a slice of this support from the players. They have been awarded over £2 Million to date. This vital funding has had a huge impact on the thousands of families who rely on their services, especially given the challenging economic climate.
CHILDREN 1ST Chief Executive Anne Houston explains, “We are delighted to hear that the players have raised over £20 Million – what an unbelievable figure and such positive news at what is a very difficult time for charity funding.
“To put £20 Million into perspective, this amount would allow CHILDREN 1ST to reach and support more than 15,000 vulnerable children, young people and their families, putting a smile on more than 15,000 faces. Support from the players cannot be underestimated and we are so very thankful to everyone who plays.”
People's Postcode Lottery Managing Director Jo Bucci said, “Raising over £20 Million for good causes across Great Britain is a massive achievement and it's all thanks to generous players.
“The recession has hit all sectors, but obviously an area of particular concern has been the impact it's had on charitable giving. We are so proud that we have helped to buck that trend, and continue to raise funds for causes that find their services are in more demand than ever before.”
It's not just CHILDREN 1ST who are celebrating the milestone achievement. Maggie's, Missing People and the Wildlife Trusts all extended their congratulations to the players and thanks for the funding received to date.
Players also support grant giving body, People's Postcode Trust, which awards project funding to community groups and charities across Britain. Over £4.4 Million has been awarded to over 850 projects so far. Support charity Quarriers have received awards for seven projects to date totalling over £70,000.
Paul Moore, Quarriers chief executive, said “The support Quarriers has received from People's Postcode Trust has touched the lives of more than 300 people – children and families living in poverty and children and adults with disabilities. It's helped Quarriers to create three wonderful sensory rooms, one sensory garden and buy a whole host of new play equipment for our nursery at the Ruchazie Family Centre in Glasgow.
“Sensory equipment has enhanced our respite services which give parents and carers a much-needed break, and nursery equipment has enriched the lives of children from deprived backgrounds by providing resources which give their learning and development the best start. All in all, it's made a fantastic difference to the services we provide and to the people we support.”
The application process for awards up to £2,000 is currently open and Trustees are encouraging all eligible groups to apply. The next funding round for projects up to £10,000 opens again on 8th October. Visit www.postcodetrust.org.uk for all the details.