How The Health Lottery is Helping Good Causes
Picture IT classes for the elderly, community gardening projects, youth street dance lessons, and a big red bus where lonely parents can build friendships. These are just some of more than 2,500 projects that The Health Lottery has helped to fund since it began in 2011. So far, the lottery has raised over £93 million for good causes across Great Britain that change lives every day.
Prince Harry recently saw first-hand the positive impact of one such project when he visited the Pink Lizard community and youth project in Leicester. Retired residents and young people aged 16 to 25 who aren’t in employment meet twice a week to cook, share meals, socialise, and work on community projects together.
How does the Health Lottery help good causes?
When you buy a ticket for The Health Lottery, you get the chance to win a cash prize and help good causes across Great Britain that don’t receive NHS funding. For every £1 spent on a lottery ticket, at least 20p goes straight to projects that aim to improve the health of people, communities, and the environment.
The Health Lottery operates as 51 local society lotteries representing different areas of Great Britain. Regions take turns hosting draws to raise money for their local area, meaning that everyone gets an equal share of the pot to put towards good causes. The People’s Health Trust works to allocate this funding to charities and organisations that include:
- Dementia UK
- The Children’s Food Trust
- The Alzheimer’s Society
- Youth Sport Trust
- Admiral Nurses
- Carers Trust
- The Conservation Volunteers.
Health Lottery funding that’s changing lives
A wide range of projects have benefitted from Health Lottery funding. In London, The Big Red Bus Club offers parents who may otherwise become isolated join other families for arts, crafts, and gardening projects. The Friends of Flaxmill Maltings project in North Shrewsbury has received £26,780 in funding to run weekly youth sessions that include street dance and circus skills classes.
The Who frontman Roger Daltrey recently visited Merton Mencap in Morden, which has been awarded £64,161 by the Health Lottery. The music legend took part in an African drumming workshop and witnessed the project’s life-changing benefits for young people with learning difficulties.
In Cumbria and Northumberland, £45,437 has been allocated to support young LGBT people, while in Swindon and Gloucestershire, £23,272 has helped local charities run social and educational activities for asylum seekers and refugees.
Lottery funding supports Green Gyms across Great Britain, schemes that empower locals to regenerate communal spaces. In one of Britain’s most deprived areas, The Hulme Community Garden Centre in inner-city Manchester has helped over 100,000 people through its project: ‘A Place to Call Your Own’. Here, local people living in social housing or with drug, alcohol, or mental health problems have joined together to create a garden oasis in their local area, with the help of £44,077 from The Health Lottery.
Health Lottery projects across Britain
Other projects across Britain that have benefitted from Health Lottery funding include:
- Kent Friendz have received £48,798 to provide activities for children with specialist requirements in Kent and Medway.
- In Sussex, Collected Works have been given £16,288 to run a weekly book group for homeless people.
- Bell Green Silver Surfers, which provides weekly IT classes for older people in Coventry, Warwickshire, Worcester, and Herefordshire has been awarded £7,773 in funding.
The Health Lottery continues to tour Britain, offering players the chance to improve the health of their local community and win a cash prize with every lottery ticket they buy.