The Health Lottery
The Health Lottery sold its first ticket in September 2011 and every ticket sold raises money to support local health causes in England, Scotland and Wales. The Health Lottery raises money on behalf of 51 local community interest companies which tackle deprivation and health inequality by supporting charities in their local area. More than 265,000 have benefited from the 1,500 projects funded through The Health Lottery scheme. Grants allocated by The People’s Health Trust have supported charities like Carers Trust, The Conservation Volunteers, Royal Voluntary Service, Dementia UK, Mencap, The Youth Sports Trust, Children’s Food Trust and many, many others.
Health Lottery Celebrates Helping to Raise £50 Million
In June, Simon Cowell, Richard Desmond and Gloria Hunniford hosted a Health Lottery champagne tea for charities and volunteers at The Savoy to mark reaching the landmark total of £50 million raised for local health projects in England, Scotland and Wales.
As well as Simon Cowell, the event was attended by more than 30 charities from England, Scotland and Wales. The TV star met people helped by charities that are funded through The Health Lottery and heard about the work being done to support some of the hardest-hit communities in Great Britain.
Simon Cowell and Gloria Hunniford handed Special Recognition Awards to projects and volunteers which did outstanding work in their own communities.
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.”
51 local society lotteries
The Health Lottery scheme manages 51 society lotteries that operate in rotation and each represents a different geographical region of Great Britain