Happy birthday to the National Lottery

Most people are aware of the difference National Lottery funding made to elite sport: we won only one gold medal in Atlanta before it started.  London 2012 itself wouldn’t have happened without National Lottery funding: we paid for the cultural and community events across the UK; put money into building iconic venues; and even helped train some of the young volunteers.

Since it launched in 1994, The National Lottery has helped bring positive changes to the lives of people in communities all across the UK.  It has funded projects that improve people’s health and the environment, enrich our culture and preserve our heritage.  It has been changing lives every day for eighteen years and the scale of it is surprising.  National Lottery players raise more than £30 million every week for Good Causes. 

The National Lottery has funded something for everyone:

·         From helping Sir Chris Hoy on his journey to six Olympic gold medals to enabling a small child learn to swim.

·         From investing in Oscar-winning films like The King’s Speech to funding a theatre group for deaf children.

·         From creating our much-loved Riverside Museum in Glasgow to regenerating thousands of public parks where we run, play and enjoy life.

In these past few years of economic uncertainty, National Lottery funding has been the one constant for thousands of charities that look after our society’s most vulnerable people.  If you are homeless, disadvantaged, very young or very old, or a victim of violence or abuse, the chances are that the organisations that do such marvellous work to support you, are in turn supported by The National Lottery. 

And, it does not stop there.  Think of your last visit to a museum, an art gallery, the theatre or a sports centre – the chances are it has had Lottery money.  Thousands of disabled people have had extra support to help them fulfill their potential – from Paralympians and theatre groups to grants to make historic buildings and parks accessible.  The National Lottery has created thousands of jobs, more than a million training and volunteering opportunities and helped build vibrant, internationally renowned arts and film industries.  It has provided the financial boost for communities up and down the UK to work together – community gardens, fun days, Big Lunches, park benches, town hall clocks, war memorials, village halls and community shops.  We even paid for the people who live on the Isle of Gigha to buy their own island and take hold of their own destiny. 

Find out more about the National Lottery Good Causes here

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