We Miss Lotto Charity Events!
Looking back at 2020, one of the things we missed the most was being able to attend in-person events. On a personal level, the pandemic robbed people of the ability to attend weddings and graduations, meet newborn babies, and go to concerts and festivals. On a professional level, at The Health Lottery we’ve missed the opportunity to attend lotto charity events where we could meet the wonderful grassroots charities supported by People’s Health Trust, and the communities of people they serve.
Charities Have Continued Their Good Work
Despite often being unable to work with their clients in-person, charities have continued to find ways to provide services throughout the coronavirus pandemic. The non-profit sector is well-known for their creativity, so it should come as no surprise that many of these organisations were able to switch to providing online services, from virtual dance parties to Christmas gift exchanges and more.
Still, video calls can often feel like a poor substitute for in-person interactions, especially for vulnerable members of the population who live alone. We know that volunteers and clients alike are looking forward to the day when they can resume meeting face-to-face and getting the full benefits of community interaction.
When Will Lotto Charity Events Return?
Prior to the pandemic, we enjoyed traveling all over Great Britain to meet with the great people who work at or receive services from community health related charities. It was heartwarming to be able to see in-person how the money awarded by People’s Health Trust was being put to use, and to be able to share those stories with you.
As the vaccine rollout continues, we’re hopeful that these lotto charity events will once again become a regular part of our lives. That said, many of these charities serve medically vulnerable populations, so we understand that it may be some time until they feel safe once again opening their doors to us.
Working Towards a New Normal
There have been some unexpected silver linings to this pandemic. Social isolation caused many people who were tech-resistant to embrace video calls, actually bringing them closer to friends and family who they might previously only see a few times a year. Live-streamed concerts and theatre shows and virtual tours of museums made these cultural events more accessible to people who have difficulty leaving the home. Even after we return to “normal”, it’s our hope that the internet will continue to enable connections for people who were previously feeling isolated.
It is unfortunately likely that the long-term effects of COVID-19 will lead to new people needing charity services to face new challenges in their life. Even people who did not contract the disease may be left with mental and emotional health struggles brought on by lockdown and loss. However, The Health Lottery and other popular lotteries will continue to raise money to support grassroot charities that will give people the help they need.
It’s also likely that we’ll see a shift in our behaviour towards other illnesses. It may become commonplace, as it is in some Asian countries, to wear a mask any time you feel the symptoms of a cold or flu. This can only make things safer for the vulnerable members of our population who are more at-risk of serious complications.
Most of all, we’ll emerge from this pandemic with a deeper appreciation for things that we once took for granted: handshakes and hugs, drinks at the pub, working side-by-side with colleagues, and quality time with our friends and family.