The National Trust works hard to protect our nation's cultural and natural heritage. Established in 1895, it is the largest voluntary organisation in Europe and manages over 350 properties. This incredible charity has received a whopping £200,000 from our players to date, which has enabled vital conservation and educational work to be carried out.
In 2012, the National Trust compiled a report which showed that children in the UK are becoming disconnected from nature. Technological advancements mean that more and more young people are failing to appreciate the wonders of the great outdoors and spending their spare time watching television or playing computer games instead. Getting out into nature is extremely beneficial for children's physical health and mental wellbeing so the National Trust have launched a fun project to inspire kids to explore their local environment.
50 Things To Do Before You're 11¾ is a new campaign which encourages children to discover their wild side and experience a sense of adventure in local fields, forests and beaches. Whether it's building a den in the back garden or catching a fish with a net in a local river, there's plenty for children to do with their friends and families. Other things to tick off the list include flying a kite, exploring a cave, catching a crab, playing in the snow, hunting for bugs and building a raft.
Children who sign up can take advantage of a special smartphone app which lets them know what National Trust sites are close by and perfect for their adventures. As well as tracking their progress, they can accept secret challenges with their friends in the hope of completing all 50 tasks on the list. Those who are successful in ticking everything off will receive a special reward from the National Trust for their efforts.
The 50 Things To Do Before You're 11¾ project is just one of the ways that the National Trust is helping children to reconnect with nature this summer. The Wild Network is a collaborative project with film-makers Green Lions and a host of other inspiring organisations that care deeply about the need for kids to roam and play outdoors in the 21st century. As part of this, the National Trust is further urging children to swap screen time for Wild Time and make the effort to get outside every day.
The support of players of People's Postcode Lottery has been vital in helping the National Trust to reach even more young people. Sanjay Singh, Trusts Manager at People's Postcode Lottery, said, "It's so important for children and young people to get outside, particularly during the summer months. We're delighted that through their ongoing support, our players are helping projects like 50 things. Families should download the app because there's lots of fun to be had for kids of all ages!"