National Lottery players raise over £30 million for good causes every week, yet many people don’t know about the huge impact that playing the National Lottery has on their local community.
To say thank you for their support, over a week, we shared stories and achievements on social media using the hashtag #ThanksToYou from brilliant projects made possible by National Lottery players, including a very special surprise for players in Bridgend.
Surprising the unsuspecting players were a group of older people from Cardiff who get together to sing and socialise thanks to Golden-Oldies (Goldies) who received £249,458 this year through our People and Places programme. The grant is helping Goldies to address isolation and loneliness among older people by developing singing sessions across Mid and West Wales, as well as deliver an intergenerational project in schools.
Goldies run singing and activity sessions across England and Wales for older people who are socially isolated, as well as people with learning difficulties and dementia. For many, Goldies is a lifeline. They have over 70 monthly sessions in England and over 48 in Wales, under the Goldies CYMRU banner. To find out more, visit www.goldiescymru.org.uk. Goldies are just one of the 13,000 projects across the UK that were made possible thanks to National Lottery funding.
Finally, as an added bonus, National Lottery players can get free entry to over 400 heritage sites funded through the Heritage Lottery Fund across the UK between December 11 and 17. You can find more details on their website here.