Players of PPL: The difference you make

On the day of the PPL Charity Gala, we wanted to share with you the difference the players of People's Postcode Lottery make to children's lives, with some words of thanks from our Chief Executive, Mary Glasgow.

Thanks to the players of People’s Postcode Lottery thousands of children and families have been able to get life changing help from Children 1st. We are enormously grateful.

When children feel safe, loved and secure in happy relationships with those closest to them they grow up to be confident adults. This resilience helps children and adults overcome what life throws at them and to make the most of their lives.

Tragically, there are still thousands of children in Scotland living with the daily trauma of violence, neglect, sexual abuse, bereavement and/or poverty. Many of their parents experienced the same. Without support, childhood trauma can devastate lives, lead to poor health in adulthood and spiral through generations, harming children, families and communities.

At Children 1st we understand that the only way to break this cycle of trauma is to work with parents as well as children, supporting the whole family to repair and recover from harm. By supporting parents to understand and recover from their own difficulties and to put their children first we can prevent and protect the next generation of children from harm.

Families tell us that a long-term relationship with someone they trust can make all the difference in helping them change their lives. The ongoing support from players since 2008 has made it possible for Children 1st to offer more children and families the support they need, in the way they need it, for as long as they need it. It has helped us to build partnerships, access more funds to reach more children and families and to campaign for changes that are making positive differences to all children’s lives.

Players’ generosity is crucial to helping us break this cycle of trauma so that children are safer, families stronger and communities are more hopeful. Thank you for all you are doing for today’s children and generations of children to come.