£700,000 funding boost for Scotland’s National Children’s Charity

Children 1st is delighted to have attended the 2017 People’s Postcode Lottery annual Charity Gala where it was announced that £66.3 million was awarded to charities and good causes in 2016 - thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

Charities supported by People's Postcode Lottery

Children 1st is one of 69 charities that benefited from this incredible funding, receiving £700,000 in 2016 alone.

The news of the funding total was shared at the annual event, on Tuesday 24 January, at Prestonfield House in Edinburgh. The Charity Gala celebrated the phenomenal achievements of charities working across Great Britain and internationally that are supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

The event was attended by HRH Prince Charles, Sir David Attenborough, broadcaster Dermot Murnghan and TV presenter Fiona Philips. Entertainment on the night was provided by Mica Paris and Soul Nation.

Alison Todd, David Attenborough and Paul Mc Keown

Alison Todd, Children 1st Chief Executive and Paul Mc Keown, Senior Corporate Fundraiser, meet a hero: Sir David Attenborough

With this substantial support from People’s Postcode Lottery, Children 1st will continue its valuable work developing and delivering services across Scotland. The charity will continue to help vulnerable children and young people, with an increasing – but not exclusive – focus on early years, early intervention and prevention.

Alison Todd, Chief Executive at Children 1st said: “A huge thank you to all the players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Over the past year you have enabled Children 1st to help over 8000 children, young people, parents and carers. Because of you, we were there to support families going through difficult times, especially those living in Scotland’s poorest communities. There are few things more important for our society than ensuring children grow up loved, nurtured and protected during their early, formative years. The benefit of your support will last their lifetime.”

Clara Govier, Head of Charities at People’s Postcode Lottery, said: “Our Gala is such a special time in People’s Postcode Lottery’s calendar where we come together and celebrate the incredible amount of money raised by our players and the fantastic work carried out by the supported charities as a result of the support. We continue to be overwhelmed by the incredible support of our players and thank them for their funding.”