£600,000 award from People's Postcode Lottery players

Children 1st is delighted to announce that players of People’s Postcode Lottery have awarded it £600,000 for 2016.  Children 1st is one of 57 charities that will receive the extra £25,000 award from players of the charity lottery – an additional £1.425 million to long-term supported charities in total.

Children 1st received the news of the additional funding at the 2016 People’s Postcode Lottery Charity Gala. The event, which took place on Thursday 28 January at the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh, was a celebration of the hard work achieved by charities supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.  It was attended by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, TV presenter Fiona Philips and Dame Ellen MacArthur. Entertainment on the night was provided by popstar Dionne Bromfield.

Barbara Kidd, Children 1st Head of Fundraising Development, said; “With support from the players Children 1st is able to support the recovery of more children and young people affected by abuse, neglect or other traumatic experiences; helping them to express their feelings and make sense of what’s happened.  It also enables us to give hands-on support to more Scottish families going through difficult times.”

Clara Govier, Head of Charities at People’s Postcode Lottery, said: “As People’s Postcode Lottery continues to grow the amount that our players award to good causes continues to increase. We are very proud that our players can continue to support the development of these fantastic causes.”

This additional funding comes at a very exciting time for the charity lottery as it marks 10 years since the first ever draw. The last 10 years have created thousands of lucky winners but also have provided vital funding for numerous charities across Great Britain and internationally. A minimum of 27.5% is awarded to charities and good causes with over £99.6 million awarded to date.