The entries close for the British Lottery Awards on February 12 2010. The awards are given to projects financed by the lottery that the public votes as the best. This shows an area of the UK lottery draw that is often overlooked. Sally Lindsey, a television actress, launched the awards at a ceremony held in the London Transport Museum. Sally was accompanied by volunteers from the Women’s Royal Voluntary Service, which was important, as both the WRVS and the museum are beneficiaries of the British National Lottery.
The lottery is usually seen in terms of winners and losers and yet every week there are a great many people who win. They are the good causes and charities.
Every week the lottery raises £25 million for areas of need in many walks of life: 28 pence of every entry goes to the charity fund. £24 billion has been contributed to deserving projects across the UK since the lottery was started in 1994.
The cathedral of St Davids in Pembrokeshire was constructed in 1181 on the spot where an earlier church had stood. Through the years it has been subject to vandalism by soldiers, an earthquake and ongoing erosion by the weather. This fight for survival has been made a little easier in recent years following a grant from the National Lottery. This means the south cloister and north porch could be rebuilt. gclub
The ITV television network screened a series of programmes called ‘The People’s Millions,’ which also distributed lottery funds. One project that received a grant from this was at Rowan Gate Primary School, which received £50000 to update their physiotherapy pool to improve access for disabled swimmers.
A major scheme financed by the UK lottery draw funded a programme of projects focussing on the remembering of servicemen who fought in the Second World War. £17 million was given to the Heroes Return scheme to enable former combatants to return to the scenes of so many memories. This included 58 veterans of the Royal Navy who were then able to visit Penang and Singapore.
Grants of between £500 and £20000 were allocated as an extension of this initiative, Home Front Recall, to projects that commemorated the people and events of the war. A further programme called Their Past Your Future gave children valuable opportunities to understand the war and meet people affected by it.
Twenty eight percent of UK lottery draw grants have been allocated to the most deprived areas of Britain where they have made a big difference. All in all the National Lottery has made a huge impact in various sections of Britain in the 15 years it has been operating. On the surface it would be easy to believe the lottery is simply about its draw winners and losers but its effects are clearly more positive and significant than is initially apparent