THE Health Lottery, which helps tackle health inequality and isolation across Great Britain, has announced that the level of funding to the thousands of charities and projects it supports will increase by over 25%.
This increase comes in response to the financial damage caused to the charity sector due to the Covid-19 crisis. To date, over £115 million has been raised for more than 3,000 community projects and charities through The Health Lottery and it is hoped that by increasing the percentage that goes to good causes, grassroots projects and charities across Great Britain will receive the lifeline they desperately need.
In the East, over £9.5 million has been raised through the Health Lottery since 2011. In that time, over 215 local charities and projects across the region have been supported including the Local Conversation Project in Kirkley, Lowestoft run through Community Action Suffolk.
Announcing the news, Martin Ellice, Managing Director of The Health Lottery said:
“There has never been a more important time in living memory than now to ensure that we support the phenomenal work carried out by the thousands of charities and projects across the length and breadth of Great Britain – many of whom are in desperate need of funding”
“The Covid-19 crisis has left many charities and projects in a vulnerable position. That’s the reason we have taken the decision to increase the level of contribution by over 25%, allowing us to support the health inequality projects that are so important to local communities. Every single one of the charities and projects funded through The Health Lottery carries out wonderful work and it’s of paramount importance that we keep them alive”
Sarah Mortimer, Senior Manager Community Engagement, from Community Action Suffolk added their thanks to The Health Lottery for increasing charity funding saying, “This is really positive news for the Voluntary and Community sector. Charities and community organisations have been highly flexible during the Covid-19 pandemic to respond to need, but many are facing difficulties with funding and finance which is a significant concern. We must ensure communities are still able to support themselves, which is why this announcement from the Health Lottery is vital at such a crucial time.”