Double Olympic champion Dame Kelly Holmes today made a special visit to People's Postcode Lottery headquarters in Edinburgh. She visited the offices on George Street to receive a generous £375,000 award from players for her charity, the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust.
Funding from players has already enabled Dame Kelly's charity to launch its 'Get on Track' programme in Edinburgh, supporting disadvantaged young people to develop the attitudes and skills needed to secure employment.
Players have generously awarded the Trust £375,000 and the charity has pledged to continue their work with disadvantaged young people in Scotland, whilst expanding their work with young people in new areas of the UK. The Trust utilises the unique attitudes and experience of world class athletes to transform the lives of young people through mentoring programmes.
As part of Dame Kelly's visit to Edinburgh, she will be visiting the team at People's Postcode Lottery to catch up with staff and to talk about the Trust's aims and goals for 2016.
Dame Kelly Holmes said, "A huge thank you to players of People's Postcode Lottery for your support which enabled us to further expand our 'Get on Track' programme across Scotland, to reach and transform the lives of more disadvantaged young people.
"It's been great working with People's Postcode Lottery and to be able to continue our strong relationship into 2016. What better way to kick off the year than to visit People's Postcode Lottery team and to be back in Scotland.
"The Dame Kelly Holmes Trust is committed to providing mentoring support to young people who have been left behind, who lack the confidence and skills to aspire to achieve, and I'm confident that this project has already changed the lives of young people in Scotland. I'm so proud that 86% of the young people that completed our 'Get on Track' programme in Edinburgh have already moved into employment, education or training."
Since People's Postcode Lottery was first launched players have raised over £99.6 Million for charities and good causes across Great Britain and internationally.