After celebrating ten years of success, players of People's Postcode Lottery have smashed through all initial fundraising expectations by raising more than £80 Million for good causes in Britain and beyond.
People's Postcode Lottery will reach its tenth anniversary this week, since its first draw took place on 31st August 2005.
The charity lottery, based around players' postcodes, allows entire communities to win together. It set out as a unique way to fundraise for good causes. With 27.5% awarded to charities and good causes from every £2 ticket, in the ten years since it was established in Britain, players have raised more than £80 Million.
With over 1,500 national and local grassroots projects supported, over 95% of postcodes across Britain have a benefitting charity in their region. Some of the well-known charities that have received funding from players of People's Postcode Lottery include Missing People, Depaul UK, Maggie's Cancer Caring Centres, Dame Kelly Holmes Trust and Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust.
Clara Govier, Head of Charities at People's Postcode Lottery, said, "Thanks to players of People's Postcode Lottery, thousands of awards have been made to charities and good causes across Great Britain and internationally. In challenging times for the charitable and voluntary sector, we are very proud that our players are able to help make such a difference and help fund charities that need support. Who knows how much more our players can raise in the next years."
Cancer support charity Maggie's, which has been supported by players of People's Postcode Lottery since the launch, have benefited from over £3.6 Million in support.
Laura Lee, Chief Executive of Maggie's, said, "Players of People's Postcode Lottery have made an amazing contribution to Maggie's awarding a total so far of £3.6 Million towards the continuing development of Maggie's network of Centres. This funding supports the unique programme of practical, emotional and social support the Centres offer to people with cancer and their family and friends. £3.6 Million is enough to pay for more than 100,000 visits to our Centres – in other words, players of People's Postcode Lottery have helped thousands of people from across the UK who are affected by cancer to do things like take part in a nutrition workshop, join a course on stress management or talk to one of our psychologists, cancer support specialists or benefits advisers. At the heart of every Maggie's Centre is a big kitchen table and chatting together over a cup of tea is an important part of the social support that Centres offer – today I will be raising a celebratory cup of tea to People's Postcode Lottery and saying thank you to the players!"
The concept of People's Postcode Lottery was a format already successful in Holland, where a similar Lottery has operated since 1989. The Postcode Lotteries combined (Holland, Sweden and Britain) raised over £470 Million for charity in 2013, and were ranked by City A.M. last year as the world's third largest charitable donor.