charities, good causes, and grass roots organisations since launching in 2008 including for local charity, Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust, who received a total of £401,332 to date.
The money has made a massive difference to communities across Great Britain, and for the first time this year, to international charities such as the British Red Cross and War Child.
Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT) is a small charity that aims to support every aspect of life in the Yorkshire Dales. YDMT protect and enhance the environmental, social and economic well-being of the Yorkshire Dales. To date, the Trust has helped deliver over 1,200 projects worth around £25 million in the Yorkshire Dales and surrounding areas. Funding from players has helped YDMT to carry out a number of projects, from restoring 400 hectares of wildflower hay meadows and planting over 1 million native broadleaf trees to providing training opportunities for young local people and providing financial support and advice to community projects and initiatives. Funding has also helped YDMT to encourage over 19,000 people from all walks of life to spend time in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales countryside and learn about the native wildflowers found in this area through an annual festival of more than 100 events.
Clara Govier, Head of Charities at People’s Postcode Lottery, said “Raising over £40m for charities is unbelievable and something players of People’s Postcode Lottery, all over Britain, can be proud that they have achieved. More players mean more money for good causes and each year, as tickets increase, more communities will benefit from funds on a local, national and international level.”
“Whether it’s £500 for a local community garden, or £500,000 for Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres, the impact of our players support is incredible and in many cases life changing. So a massive thank you on behalf of all our charities for such tremendous support.”
David Sharrod, Director of Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust, said, “The incredible support and kindness of players of People’s Postcode Lottery plays a crucial role in enabling us to continue our vital work caring for the landscape, environment and communities of the Yorkshire Dales. The funding has supported a number of fantastic projects, helping to safeguard this special part of the world and provide opportunities for people to enjoy all kinds of activities and adventures in the beautiful countryside.”
Smaller projects throughout Britain that have been awarded much-needed funds this year include Trees for Cities in Nottingham for their Social Orchard Network for Nottingham, CLAN Cancer Support in Aberdeen for their Banchory Services and St John Cymru Wales in Cardiff for their Advance Volunteer Training.