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Where The Health Lottery Money Goes

Where The Health Lottery money goes

Since its launch in 2011, The Health Lottery has raised over £92 million for good causes across Great Britain, but where exactly does that money go? Every time you buy a charity weekly lottery ticket, you get the chance to win a cash prize and contribute to good causes in your local area. From cooking classes and community gardens to parenting programmes and circus skills for kids, here’s where Health Lottery funding really goes.


How Health Lottery funding works

For every £1 Health Lottery ticket that’s sold, at least 20p goes straight to funding health-related projects across Britain. Rather than a national lottery, this one operates as 51 local society lotteries which cover Great Britain. Each week, daily draws take place from Tuesday to Saturday to support a different local society of the country. This means that every region gets an equal share of the pot.  


To date, The Health Lottery has helped to fund over 2,500 projects across Britain. These good causes include the Pink Lizard project in Leicester, which gives local retirees and young unemployed people the chance to meet twice a week to socialise, share meals, and contribute to local schemes. Prince Harry recently visited the project to learn about the benefits of the lottery and have a kick-around with some of its members.  


Funding is allocated to the charity partner the People’s Health Trust and awarded to organisations that tackle health inequalities across Britain and aim to create healthier communities and environments through projects such as:

  • Communal gardening schemes
  • IT programmes for the elderly
  • English language sessions for migrant communities
  • Drop-in groups for people affected by depression
  • Cooking classes
  • Music classes to promote recovery
  • Parenting classes
  • Support for young LGBT people
  • Social community activities to combat isolation
  • Art, craft, and dance projects for young people and those with mental health issues.


Gardening projects that regenerate communal spaces, so-called Green Gyms, have been particularly successful with lottery funding. The Hulme Community Garden Centre in Manchester was awarded a £44,077 grant and locals in social housing or suffering from addiction or mental health issues have transformed the area into a green haven.


Who receives Health Lottery funding?

The Health Lottery supports health-related projects in Great Britain that don’t currently receive NHS funding, including:

  • Dementia UK
  • Mencap
  • The Children’s Food Trust
  • The Alzheimer’s society
  • Scope
  • The Royal Voluntary Service
  • Admiral Nurses
  • Youth Sport Trust
  • The Conservation Volunteers
  • Carers Trust.


Health Lottery money supports a range of innovative projects across Britain. Social Chef, a scheme that trains people to cook healthy meals from scratch, has been awarded £6,941 to run its programmes in Newcastle, Tyneside, Gateshead, and Sunderland. Brecon and District Mind, a charity that supports people with mental health issues as they return to work, has benefitted from a £48,012 Health Lottery grant.


In London, £19,343 has been given to deliver tutoring sessions for children with learning difficulties, while the Big Red Bus Club tackles parenting isolation by providing a space for families to meet and share art, craft, and gardening classes. More unique projects include English language classes for the Chinese migrant community in Suffolk and a dance club that challenges ideas about disability in Swindon and Gloucestershire.

As The Health Lottery tours the country, money continues to pour into the charity pot, improving the health and wellbeing of people and communities all over Britain.