The Dame Kelly Holmes Trust (DKHT) is delighted to announce that it has been awarded £175,000 from players of People's Postcode Lottery. DKHT's work is unique in that it supports athletes as they retire from competing and helps them make the most of their skills and experience to improve the lives of disadvantaged young people. Double Olympic champion Dame Kelly Holmes set up the charity in 2008 and since then over 170,000 young people have been positively impacted.
Winning double gold at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games was an exceptional achievement but Dame Kelly has always believed that everyone has a double gold within them - it's just a matter of finding it. She said, "I am absolutely delighted that my charity, the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust, has been awarded funding from players of People's Postcode Lottery. What an honour! A huge thank you to everyone who plays as your support will make such a big difference to the young people we work with across the country through our team of athlete mentors."
Julie Whelan, CEO of DKHT, added, "My team rang me when I was on holiday to tell me that the Trust was going to receive funding from players of People's Postcode Lottery and I remember jumping up and down in excitement. Such fantastic news! As a team it felt so good that others believe in the work we're doing to transform thousands of lives every year. Thank you so much!"
Clara Govier, Head of Charities at People's Postcode Lottery, is also thrilled that our players are now supporting this amazing charity. She said, "I am absolutely delighted that our players are able to support the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust. It is with great excitement that we look forward to seeing how the funding will impact on the Trust and benefit its athletes and young people. The GiveBack team of athletes and the Trust's flagship Get on Track programme is an excellent example of positive community development."