Three charities supported by players of People's Postcode Lottery joined forces to celebrate some special anniversaries.

People's Postcode Lottery Ambassador Judie McCourt was joined by children and young people at Edinburgh Zoo, where they met some of its favourite inhabitants! The event was to celebrate long-term support from our players for Children 1st, Children North East and the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS).

The celebration marks ten years since People's Postcode Lottery players started raising money for Children 1st and Children North East, and five years since they started raising money for RZSS.

In total, players have raised more than £8.5 Million for the three charities combined. Judie McCourt was accompanied by children from Chirnsyde Primary School in Glasgow and from Children North East's Young People's Service, based in Newcastle.

Speaking at the event, Linda Jardine, Director of Children and Families Services at Children 1st, said, "Thanks to players of People's Postcode Lottery for changing the lives of thousands of children across Scotland over the past ten years. Their support has prevented and protected children and their families from traumatic experiences, including poverty, loss and abuse. They have also helped children and their families to recover from their experiences, to be safer and happier and for families to be stronger and more resilient."

Leigh Elliott, Deputy Chief Executive of Children North East, added, "The zoo trip was a great way of celebrating the amazing support the players of People's Postcode Lottery have given us over the last ten years. Thanks to them we've been able to help thousands more children in the North East grow up healthy and happy."

Barbara Smith, CEO of the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, said, "We're incredibly grateful to players of People's Postcode Lottery whose support over the past five years has made a huge range of conservation and research projects possible. With their support, we've helped native species here in Scotland, conducted vital genetic research and provided important educational experiences for our visitors. Hopefully we've inspired the children who joined us to get connected to nature and help us to safeguard species from extinction in the future."

Judie McCourt said, "These fantastic charities have reached an incredible milestone on their journey with players of People's Postcode Lottery and I'm thrilled to help mark the occasion at Edinburgh Zoo today. It's been really great to learn more about the difference that support from players has made to the lives of children and animals who these charities work so hard for."

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Three charities joined People's Postcode Lottery Ambassador Judie McCourt for a special celebration at Edinburgh Zoo