The Health Lottery Scheme manages 51 separate society lotteries which operate in rotation and together represent each geographical region of Great Britain.
Your money makes a difference. 20p of every £1 played on The Health Lottery goes directly to local health-related good causes across Great Britain. Here's how it works.
The Health Lottery offers a new fixed prize draw based community game. The Health Lottery is not a national lottery but 51 local society lotteries each representing one or more local authority areas. Each one is licensed by the Gambling Commission and will raise money for health related good causes within their respective local authority areas.
Money raised will not go towards services that are covered by existing NHS funding. Instead, through the local society lotteries’ partner charity, the Peoples Health Trust, the monies are distributed across Great Britain to health related good causes important to local communities within each local society lottery area. This means that every single part of Great Britain gets a share of the pot. To view the rotation of society lotteries by week please click here.
Since launch in October 2011, thanks to Health Lottery players the local society lotteries have already raised over £33 Million for health-related good causes. Click here to see how some of the money you've raised is helping good causes across Great Britain.
To find out more about the local society lotteries and some of the recent grants which have been made, see below or click here to visit the Peoples Health Trust website
Recent Charity Activity
On the 28th March, Simon Cowell and Health Lottery Ambassador Gloria Hunniford hosted a star studded event at the exclusive Claridge’s Hotel in Central London.
The purpose for the event was to honour the many wonderful charities and good causes we have worked with over the last 18 months.
John Hume, chief executive of the People’s Health Trust, which distributes The Health Lottery’s money across Britain, emphasised how badly the money is needed.
He said: “Communities, charities, local groups and local people are experiencing some of the hardest times they have ever experienced. “It is at times like this, with massive public sector cuts, that people need support and where do people turn to in times like this?
They turn to their local groups, their local charities. “During the past 18 months we have seen charities struggling tocope with demand and struggling to find the money to continue to do what they do. “What was needed 18 months ago and what is still needed today is a big injection of cash into the sector to rapidly reach the communities who want it. This is exactly what we have got through The Health Lottery.”
Mr Hume said without the lottery money more people would have to suffer from “health inequalities” the World Health Organisation has listed as a “significant problem” in Britain.
He said: “What we mean is the poorer you are, the worse your health will be. Poorer people live shorter lives and they live more of their shorter lives with an additional disability.
“These health inequalities are utterly avoidable. It’s a sobering fact but on average people who are poorer die seven years earlier than others. They will also spend a staggering 17 years of that shorter life with a disability.
The People’s Health Trust is working to address health inequalities and so far we have distributed £32million to more than 500 projects across Britain and to 50,000 local people. The Health Lottery is critically needed.