You, the players of People's Postcode Lottery, have raised over a staggering £2 Million for children's charity CHILDREN 1ST. This impressive total comes just four years after players began supporting the charity, which helps vulnerable children and their families.

The milestone was announced by People's Postcode Lottery representatives on a visit to the Chill Out Zone (COZ), one of CHILDREN 1ST's 39 services throughout the country. A digital camera was presented to young people at the Bathgate-based service, allowing them to enjoy being snap-happy when taking part in projects.

Anne Houston, Chief Executive of CHILDREN 1ST said: “To receive more than £2 Million from players of People's Postcode Lottery over four years is outstanding and we'd like to thank everyone who has bought a ticket. This money allows us to provide vital services to children and young people across Scotland, helping them to get the support they need to enable them to fulfil their potential. COZ is the perfect example of this.”

COZ is a youth drop-in facility where young people aged between 12 and 20 can chat in the cyber café or take part in a programme of creative activities. Staff and other specialists are also on hand to offer confidential counselling and medical advice on a number of issues including mental health, drugs, alcohol and relationships.

Clara Govier, Head of Charities at People's Postcode Lottery, added: “We are delighted to work with CHILDREN 1ST. Over the past four years we have seen the impact of our players' support for children across Scotland. The players of People's Postcode Lottery can be very proud to have helped create a brighter future for so many children and young people here in Scotland.”

Ruth Ritchie, COZ Service Manager, said: “The camera will certainly be put to good use … the first job will be to record this special moment! CHILDREN 1ST relies on the support and goodwill of the public through initiatives like the People's Postcode Lottery – please keep supporting.”

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