It has been announced that players of People's Postcode Lottery have raised a fantastic £41.5 Million for charities and good causes since 2008.

This funding has made a massive difference to hundreds of communities at home and abroad. It has been awarded to numerous grass roots groups and local projects, as well as national and international charities.

Players contribute 50p from every £2 ticket to charities and now support hundreds of good causes through seven grant-giving Trusts. This year, their support was extended to charitable organisations operating overseas, including British Red Cross and War Child.

Clara Govier, Head of Charities at People's Postcode Lottery, said, "Raising over £40 Million for charities is unbelievable and something players of People's Postcode Lottery, all over Britain, can be proud that they have achieved. More players means more money for good causes and each year, as tickets increase, more communities will benefit from funds on a local, national and international level.

"Whether it's £500 for a local community garden or £500,000 for Maggie's Cancer Caring Centers, the impact of our players' support is incredible and in many cases life-changing. So a massive thank you on behalf of all our charities for such tremendous support."

One charity supported by players is the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) which owns and manages Edinburgh Zoo and the Highland Wildlife Park in Kincraig. This fantastic organisation is at the forefront of international thinking on how to protect endangered animals in a way that is engaging and inspiring for visitors. It aims is to connect people with nature and to safeguard species from extinction.

Chris West, CEO of RZSS, said, "The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland is incredibly grateful to have received £100,000 from players of People's Postcode Lottery, funds that help us to enhance the visitor experience at Edinburgh Zoo and the Highland Wildlife Park and to create brand new attractions like our recently unveiled Meerkat Plaza.

"Players of People's Postcode Lottery also help fund our vital conservation and research work both in Scotland and around the world. Players raising over £40 Million for charities like ours is a huge milestone."

Smaller projects throughout Britain that have also been awarded much-needed funds this year include Trees for Cities in Nottingham, CLAN Cancer Support in Aberdeen and St John Cymru Wales in Cardiff.

People's Postcode Lottery and our sister lotteries in the Netherlands and Sweden were collectively named the second largest charitable private donor in the world, according to British business-focused newspaper City AM.

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