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Thank you for making a difference to communities in 2016

December 13, 2016

Supporting communities in Wales

With Christmas just around the corner and the year drawing to an end, Big Lottery Fund Wales’ director John Rose would like to take this opportunity to share his personal appreciation to the many people and communities that have enabled great things to happen all over Wales during 2016.

Firstly, I want to start by thanking National Lottery players. Sometimes people forget that 28 pence of every pound spent on a National Lottery ticket goes to good causes and this financial year alone we will have distributed over £30 million in Wales.

You cannot always appreciate the difference this makes until you speak to funded projects and meet the people they support. Then, once you delve a bit deeper, you see that every day the National Lottery is making a positive difference and changing lives for the better.

Of course winning the lottery is what many people dream of, but if you are not lucky enough to hit the jackpot, then remember that by buying a ticket you are helping to make an incredible difference to a good cause somewhere in the UK. Need convincing? Then read this story about how our funding for Scope’s Face 2 Face 2 Face service is helping to make dramatic changes to the lives of parents and their disabled children.

And, in case you’ve missed it, watch the new National Lottery film thanking players for supporting projects that have transformed our nation.

Another group of people I would like to thank are volunteers and trustees who work tirelessly for their cause, but often don’t get the recognition they deserve. These are the unsung heroes of our communities. It’s their tireless work, passion and determination to help others that creates good in society. Read this blog which gives a great example of the amazing work they do.

And while we are talking about doing good, we have just launched a conversation around what the Future of Doing Good looks like in Wales? Again, I would like to thank everyone who attended an event at the Senedd in November to share their thoughts about how we do support good in our society. Working with the Bevan Foundation we will be running a series of events early in the New Year to invite people to join this important conversation.

Finally I would like to thank everyone who works for and with the Big Lottery Fund. This year has been another busy one with the launch of funding programmes like Create Your Space, Rural Programme, Celebrate and welcoming our UK Board members to Wrexham for an Open Board session.

As we look ahead to 2017, I am looking forward to continuing to work closely with the communities we support and building stronger connections with the projects we fund. Ensuring our customers’ needs are at the forefront of our Awards for All and People and Places programmes will be key as we work to refresh these important programmes. As ever, our focus is very much about supporting people and communities to make great things happen.

Remember you can contact us to discuss a funding idea on 0300 123 0735, email, follow @BigLotteryWales on twitter or like us at

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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