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.
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
MP meets Manchester Gardeners
A Tory MP has visited a city garden centre that has helped 100,000 people in one of the most deprived parts of Britain.
Andrea Jenkyns, MP for Morley and Outwood in West Yorkshire, helped service users grow lavender bushes at Hulme Community Garden Centre in inner-city Manchester.
HCGC has been awarded £44,077 using money raised by HealthForm CIC through The Health Lottery.
The money is to help local people in inner-city Hulme with a project called 'A Place to Call Your Own'.
The garden centre is used by people in social housing as well as people with drug, alcohol and mental health problems.
Manager Rachel Summerscales, 43, said: "The funding has helped enormously so we can support and benefit local people who live in social housing who have no gardens.
"We show them how to grow plants and put them in things like shopping trolleys.
"It just relives stress in their lives and helps show them how to grow their own to reduce food poverty.
"People with severe mental health issues get all sorts of benefits and it stops them feeling so isolated."
The centre is a green oasis surrounded by tower blocks and social housing.
Miss Jenkyns, who is a member of the Health Select Committee, said: "I have just left the Tory Party Conference and I can feel the stress and tension just fall off me.
"It is just so peaceful here and I feel so relaxed.
"The centre does so much good work that I just wish there were more of them around the country.
"I could do with some tips as I tend to kill off all my plants."
Martin Ellice, Group Joint Managing Director of the Health Lottery, stressed that this is one of 1,800 charity projects that have been funded using money raised through The Health Lottery.
A total of £70 million has been raised benefiting 350,000 people.
Mr Ellice said: "The projects are all about helping people to live longer and improving their lives.
"It is about local charities helping their communities.
"This garden centre really benefits people living in this community to experience a wonderful green space."
Local MP Andy Slaughter welcomed at White City Theatre Project
Young people in White City showcased their talents in front of Hammersmith MP Andy Slaughter at a special event to celebrate funding from People’s Health Trust using money by HealthEquality through The Health Lottery.
The White City Theatre Project (WCTP) gives young people, aged between 9 and 18, the opportunity to take part in drama projects – teaching them new skills, supporting them to improve their aspirations and confidence and giving them an opportunity to express issues that affect them. Most importantly, it is a chance for members to build new friendships with other young people in the community.
People’s Health Trust has invested £39,840 in the WCTP using money raised by HealthEquality through The Health Lottery.
Members of the group impressed Andy Slaughter with their theatrical talents at a drama workshop.
One member of the group sang for the guests while another performed a piece which she had composed herself.
After the performances, the young people had a chance to chat with their local MP and John Hume, Chief Executive of People’s Health Trust, about the project and the difference Active Communities funding has made.
Lucy Foxell, WCTP director, said: “It’s been fantastic to have our local MP here to see all the wonderful work young members are doing.
“We’re really grateful for this funding, without it our project wouldn’t be possible.”
Andy Slaughter MP said: “It was great to visit the White City Theatre Project this afternoon to see the Theatre group in action. Projects like this are vital as they are an important part of the local community – supporting young people and helping them to build their confidence.”
John Hume, Chief Executive of People’s Health Trust, said: “Seeing first-hand people’s great ideas coming to life is really exciting. We’re delighted to be investing in projects such as this which are designed, developed and run by and for local young people living in White City.”
Chris Lunn, Director of HealthEquality CIC, said: “It’s great that money raised by HealthEquality CIC is supporting such an important local initiative.”
Roger Daltrey applauds The Health Lottery in its support of people with learning disabilities while joining Merton Mencap for an African drumming workshop.
Roger Daltrey: “There’s something about this incredibly necessary work, as these people are in some ways the most underprivileged of all.”
The Who frontman and music legend, Roger Daltrey, visited Merton Mencap in Morden and heard from participants about the importance of projects which support them to be more active and confident in their communities.
Mr Daltrey visited the project with Health Lottery owner, Richard Desmond and local Morden and Mitchin Labour MP, Siobhain McDonagh, where they joined Gateway Award participants at Morden Assembly Hall in an African drumming workshop, as well as helped to give out Bronze Gateway Awards.
The Gateway Active project offers people with learning disabilities over 13 years old the opportunity to do a Gateway Award, which encourages them to be more active in their community. This is through supporting participation in leisure activities, development of skills, as well as the opportunity to overcome some of the barriers associated with participation, such as independent travel, feeling unsafe in the community and lack of information and accessible services.
People’s Health Trust awarded Merton Mencap £64,161, using money raised by HealthFreedom through The Health Lottery, for their Gateway Active project.
The Merton Mencap is one of 33 Gateway Active projects around the country supported through money raised by The Health Lottery, and £1,051,303 has been raised by society lotteries through The Health Lottery for Mencap projects.
Roger Daltrey said: "I've had 50 years in one of the biggest, most successful rock bands ever and that's a life of privilege in some ways, so what do you do on your time off?
These things, like being here today with The Health Lottery, give you a different kind of reward and I find it every bit as valuable.
"It gives you the freedom to do more of this, and this gives you a different kind of joy, it really does.
“Just to see this kind of thing happening in the community, it’s always fun and gives you hope for a better future.
“There’s something about this incredibly necessary work, because these people are in some ways the most underprivileged of all.”
Siobhain McDonagh, Labour MP, said: “"Thank you to The Health Lottery for supporting Merton Mencap. The group does wonderful work supporting young people with learning difficulties and their families. I know that every penny will be well spent enriching their lives."
John Hume, Chief Executive, People’s Health Trust, said: “It’s fantastic to meet Merton Mencap members today, and to hear about the great things they’ve been doing as a group. With help from Mencap, local people with learning disabilities are choosing to take part in all kinds of activities that might previously have been harder to access. Whether it’s volunteering in the community or travelling independently to pursue a hobby, through the Gateway Active group, they can build their confidence at the same time as making new connections in the community.”
Jan Tregelles, Chief Executive, Mencap, said: “We are delighted Roger Daltrey, Richard Desmond, John Hume and Siobhain McDonagh visited Merton Mencap and helped us celebrate the participants of the Gateway Awards receiving their prizes. The Gateway Awards are important in encouraging people with a learning disability to gain new skills and experiences, become more independent, make friends, be active in the community and to have better health and wellbeing.
“Gaining these awards is significant, because they mean that someone with a learning disability has overcome some of the barriers associated with participation in our society, such as independent travel, organising leisure activities, feeling unsafe in the community and lack of information and accessible services.
“Merton Mencap is an independent charity that works in conjunction with the Royal Mencap Society on a number of important activities including providing the Gateway Awards. We would like to thank them for holding this fantastic event, and for their excellent work providing support and services for children, young people and adults with a learning disability, their family and carers in the London Borough of Merton. We would also like to thank the People’s Health Trust for funding the Gateway Awards in Merton.”
Richard Desmond, Chairman of Northern & Shell and owner of The Health Lottery, said: “I’m delighted to have been able to show Roger Daltrey the work that The Health Lottery is doing in thousands of communities across the country.
It was great of him to give up his time to see how Mencap participants George and Bruno, both of whom he met at our Health Lottery Tea party earlier this year, have been getting on and how many others that participate in the Gateway Award have benefitted from funding.
“I want The Health Lottery to help support projects that aid in building up the local community and support people who are suffering. These are values that I care about and I am delighted that Health Lottery players have helped raise over £1m to help support Mencap and the fantastic work they do.”
David Lammy MP hails “Generous” Health Lottery while gardening in Tottenham
David Lammy spoke out about the importance of outdoor projects that bring communities together while he visited a Conservation Volunteers project in his constituency in Tottenham.
London mayoral candidate, David Lammy MP visited The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) Green Gym in Tottenham Hale, and heard from volunteers about the importance of projects which give urban communities access to green spaces.
Mr Lammy visited the project with Health Lottery owner Richard Desmond, where they both joined TCV volunteers at the East Hale Allotments in harvesting fruit and vegetables, and tasted some local Tottenham honey.
The visit marked People’s Health Trust awarding TCV Green Gym in Haringey £60,000, using money raised by Health Lottery players through local community interest company HealthPromote.
The project supports local people including those with anxiety, loneliness and depression to work together and reclaim green spaces in the local community.
The East Hale Green Gym is one of 49 TCV projects around the UK to have received over £1.8m from money raised through The Health Lottery. Health Lottery players have already helped raise nearly £55 million for charities and community projects in Great Britain and around £889,894 has been raised for local community projects across North London.
David Lammy, Labour MP, said: “I think it is essential for people in urban communities to access and enjoy the outdoors. It is fantastic that this Conservation Volunteers’ Green Gym is dedicating such huge effort to reach out to people from all backgrounds and from across the entire constituency. As technology advances, many become sadly distanced from our parks and open spaces. However, I think it is brilliant that this Health Lottery-supported project directly addresses this issue by encouraging exercise in some of Tottenham’s most wonderful green spaces.
The Green Gym, here in Tottenham Hale, is one of many initiatives across my constituency aiming to support and promote health and wellbeing in the community. I whole-heartedly extend my congratulations to all the volunteers at TCV for their efforts at co-ordinating this asset to our community, and will join them in thanks to the Health Lottery for their generous support.”
Richard Desmond, Chairman of Northern & Shell and owner of The Health Lottery, said: “I’m delighted to have been able to show David the work that The Health Lottery is helping to achieve in thousands of communities across the country. It was great of him to give up his time to see how his local constituency has benefitted from funding. I want The Health Lottery to help support projects that aid in building up the local community and support people who are suffering. These are values that I care about and I am delighted that Health Lottery players have raised almost £2m to help support TCV and the fantastic work they do.”
Julie Hopes, CEO of The Conservation Volunteers, said: “TCV works with over 2000 community groups across the UK to transform their health, prospects and outdoor places for the long term, and we are delighted that David Lammy MP could experience the work we do first hand in his constituency.
“We are very grateful to The People’s Health Trust and The Health Lottery for helping to fund projects such as the Haringey Green Gym, and we hope that David Lammy has been able to see the powerful impact TCV initiatives have on the people in his local community.”
John Hume, CEO of People’s Health Trust, said: “People’s Health Trust strongly believes that it is local people joining together who can make their communities even better places. The volunteers at Tottenham East Hale allotment are a great example of a how a small locally-led idea can become a critical social space for many isolated people, and can help to ensure that their community is a fairer place in which to grow, live, work and age.”
On June 2nd, Simon Cowell, Richard Desmond and Gloria Hunniford hosted a Health Lottery champagne celebration for charities and volunteers at the Savoy Hotel.
The event marked helping to reach the landmark total of £50 million pounds, which will go to fund local health projects in England Scotland and Wales.
More than 1,300 projects have received funding to date, helping over 123,000 people across Great Britain. More than 30 charities from England, Scotland and Wales attended.
Ferndale Skate Park, Leeds 14 Trust, One Voice, The Conservation Volunteers’ Green Gyms in Camden and Haringey, Royal Voluntary Service’s Community Transport in North Ayrshire and Number One Hatfield all received Special Recognition Awards.
John Hume, Chief Executive of the People’s Health Trust, who allocate funding said: "To have raised over £50m in two and half years is incredible. The funding has enabled us to support 1,300 projects across Great Britain. With the current financial pressure that many charities are feeling, without this invaluable new source of money, many of the brilliant local projects we have funded would never have seen the light of day."
Celebrity guests included Sarah Silverman, Ashley Roberts, Roger Daltrey, Amy Willerton, Kimberley Walsh, Sinitta, Charlie Webster, Jim Davidson, Matthew Wright, Sarah-Jane Crawford, Anne Diamond, Amy Childs, Patsy Kensit, Chantelle Houghton, Casey Batchelor and Sian Welby.
Simon Cowell said: "I am involved with lots of charities but rarely do I meet people who actually benefit so it's great to be here today. The fact that The Health Lottery has hit a £50 million target is sensational. It takes a driving force to raise millions for charity and Richard Desmond has achieved that in such a short time. Makes us all proud to be British!"
Richard Desmond, Chairman of Northern & Shell said: “Helping to raise £50 million is a major milestone for The Health Lottery. It is a pipeline of new money for thousands of communities. I’ve always been totally confident that the Health Lottery would go from strength to strength.
I have always believed that we would help to raise money that would be a lifeline for communities up and down the country. Seeing you all here today helps me to realise that the dream has become a reality.”
Ed Miliband and The Health Lottery Champion An Outdoors Approach to Mental Health and Community Support
ED MILIBAND: “It is really good that we see the benefits of The Health Lottery and what it is actually doing to help.”
Labour Party Leader Ed Miliband MP recently praised The Health Lottery for its support of communities across the UK when he visited The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) Green Gym in Doncaster, one of 49 TCV outdoor community-based environmental projects to have received funding through The Health Lottery.
The project supports people with anxiety, loneliness and depression to work together and reclaim green spaces in the local community. TCV runs hundreds of similar reclamation and community support projects like the one in Doncaster, with the aim of helping communities to help themselves.
Mr Miliband and Richard Desmond, owner of The Health Lottery, met TCV volunteers at St Catherine’s Hospital and aided in the construction of a local woodland path. The visit marked the People’s Health Trust awarding TCV projects around Doncaster £87,932 using money raised by Health Lottery players through the community interest company, HealthRich.
The funding has supported two Green Gyms that serve volunteers across Doncaster, Sheffield and Barnsley, helping them stay active and improve local outdoor spaces.
The Doncaster Green Gym is one of 49 TCV projects around the UK to have received a total of £1.8m from money raised through The Health Lottery and includes more than £500,000 to fund nine new community projects across Great Britain.
Labour Leader, Ed Miliband MP said: "I am incredibly impressed by what I have seen here today and what The Conservation Volunteers are doing to make a real difference not just for themselves but also for the community. It is really good that we see the benefits of The Health Lottery and what it is actually doing to help an organisation like TCV to engage with volunteers and local community with funding that is additional to the core money from the NHS. I think it’s a fantastic project, and all those involved in it should be congratulated for what they are doing.”
Richard Desmond, Chairman of Northern & Shell and owner of The Health Lottery, said: “I’m delighted to have been able to show Ed the work that The Health Lottery is helping to achieve in thousands of communities across the country. I want The Health Lottery to help support projects that aid in building up the local community and support people who are suffering. These are values that I care about and I am delighted that Health Lottery players have raised almost £2m to help support TCV and the fantastic work they do.”
Health Lottery players have already helped raise nearly £50 million for charities and community projects in Great Britain. Around £3.5 million has been raised for local community projects across Yorkshire.
Health Lottery helps fund more nurses for dementia support in Norfolk
Patients living with dementia and their carers are receiving more support following the recruitment of Norfolk’s first Admiral Nurses.
The county’s first specialist dementia nurses have begun working in the mid-Norfolk area to help dementia patients after Dementia UK and Age UK Norfolk joined forces for a two year pilot scheme. Zena Aldridge became the county’s first Admiral Nurse in April after the two charities received £60,000 from the People’s Health Trust.
Officials hope the Admiral Nurse scheme will be rolled out across the county with predictions that the number of people with dementia in Norfolk is set to rise from 12,900 to 17,000 by 2021.
The specialist nurses give advice and information, psychological support, assessments of the needs of family carers and people with dementia and offer referral to treatment and support services.
Mrs Aldridge, who has worked as a mental health nurse for more than ten years, said the Admiral Nurses has already received more than 50 referrals.
She said: “I feel really privileged to have this Admiral Nurse role. There are some that work for charitable organisations and others work in care homes or for mental health services. This is the first time it has worked corroboratively in this way. We want to encourage people to live well with dementia and people can live really positively with dementia if they get the right support.”
Friendly faces on the road to freedom
Gloria Hunniford visits new community transport scheme:
Health Lottery Ambassador Gloria Hunniford dropped in at the Royal Voluntary Service's Community Transport Scheme in Bromley, Greater London, last Tuesday to see at first-hand the difference it helps makes to older people in the community.
The scheme based at Crown Meadow Court, an extra care housing development run by Hanover Housing Association, has been funded using money raised through The Health Lottery by local Community Interest Company (CIC) HealthWisdom.
Cheryl Pullar, who manages the Royal Voluntary Service scheme, explained: "This funding has enabled us to provide vital support for isolated older people in the area. It allows older people to get out and about - to go shopping, to the GP or hospital appointments or simply to meet up with friends. It is a real lifeline as it allows people to retain their independence."
The service's first regular user Donald Plummer, 88, and his son Mark met Gloria to explain the difference that it has made to their lives. Donald has been using the Royal Voluntary Service Community Transport service since mid-April.
Mark said: "The funding makes a huge difference to people like my Dad who are living with dementia, but are capable of semi-independent living. It is an invaluable service for him and it gives the whole family peace of mind. He is a lot calmer and happier since he started using the service and it has meant that he has been able to remain independent for longer, which is good for everyone."
Broadcaster Gloria Hunniford, said: "As a Health Lottery Ambassador it is great to have the chance to visit vital projects such as this and meet people like Donald and Mark. I was truly impressed on many different levels by the service and the way in which it helps people get out and about. The biggest problem I see, as a broadcaster, is loneliness amongst older people and this is a great way for them to keep their freedom. Well done to The Health Lottery as every ticket sold helps raise money for projects like these."
Gloria also met retired police officer Roger Somerville, 68, one of the Royal Voluntary Service's dedicated volunteers who not only takes Donald and other people on trips several times a week, but also provides vital company and a bit of a chat.
So far, more than £34 million has been raised through The Health Lottery - vital funds that have been used to support more than 500 community projects and over 50,000 people across England, Scotland and Wales including 25 local Royal Voluntary Service projects which have been awarded funding totalling £1,075,652.All aboard to have some fabulous fun!
Hackney Playbus celebrates Health Lottery funding:
Hackney Playbus, which is more than 40 years old, is celebrating after receiving a grant of almost £10,000 raised by HealthPromote CIC through The Health Lottery.
The Playbus is an old double-decker which has been converted into a mobile play area. The bus tours the parks in Hackney, East London, offering Stay And Play sessions which allow children to have fun. A wide range of toys and activities are provided so that youngsters can explore and have adventures in a stimulating environment.
Sarah Wilson, Hackney Play and Communications Lead speaking from the Playbus at Well Street Common, explained : "The funding means we can get out in parks like this. Here young children get the chance, whatever the weather, to play both inside and outside. With the grant we have been able to be here, and in North Hackney, for 16 weeks, reaching over 100 families."
Local residents are delighted with the grant as it gives their children a chance to come and make new friends while getting out in the park.
Grandmother Caroline, who brought along her young grandson Jago said: "I think it is terrific to have a place where little children can come out and meet and play together. The park playgrounds have relatively few things for really tiny children, so this is great."
Not only does the scheme provide great opportunities for children to socialise, it also enables the adults who look after them to come along and meet one another.
Monica, who brings her son to the Playbus every week, said: "There are always familiar faces that come each week and it is a great chance for us parents to socialise."