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Epsom and Ewell projects hits the jackpot as The National Lottery celebrates 25 years of changing lives

New figures reveal that more than £12 million of National Lottery funding has been invested in Epsom and Ewell since the National Lottery began almost 25 years ago.

Thanks to National Lottery players, lives of ordinary people have been transformed in Epsom and Ewell over the past quarter of a century. Hundreds of National Lottery grants have been awarded since 1994, helping to strengthen our communities, power our sports teams, protect the environment, unleash local creative talent and look after the elderly and those at risk.

A wide variety of local projects have received National Lottery funding over the last 25 years, including major funding to The Samaritans to support vulnerable people in the community.

Most National Lottery grants, however, are for £10,000 or less, for example:

    • £9,950 to CoDa Dance Company to deliver a programme of dance activities that support people who have disabilities.
    • £9,535 to Love of Learning to deliver a cookery programme to improve the skills and confidence of local parents and carers.
    • £8,022 to Linden Bridge School to install climbing equipment in the school grounds specifically designed to meet the sensory and behavioural needs of children and young people with Autism.

National Lottery Promotions Unit Director, Jonathan Tuchner says, “Since its launch 25 years ago, The National Lottery has changed lives the length and breadth of the UK. As I walk around my neighbourhood, I’m proud of how many projects and organisations the National Lottery has funded – from helping people who have mental health issues to keeping teenagers out of trouble with free after school clubs”                                   

“It’s all down to local people who choose to do incredible things with National Lottery funding, changing their communities for the better, step by step. I look forward to what we can achieve together over the next 25 years.” 

Any organisation that has received National Lottery funding, has the chance to gain nationwide acclaim by entering the 25th Birthday National Lottery Awards – our search for the UK’s favourite ever National Lottery-funded projects. 

National Lottery Awards winners will receive a £10,000 cash prize and national recognition at a glittering ceremony broadcast on BBC One later in the year. 

Last year, Fiona Coldron won the Special Achievement Award for her work with her family run charity ‘Something To Look Forward To.’  The charity Nationallotterysupports thousands of families affected by cancer and the resulting financial hardship by providing 'gifts' and 'experiences' that have been donated by individuals and businesses. 

Fiona says, “As a result of the National Lottery Award, ‘Something To Look Forward To’ has received both local and national press coverage which has resulted in us reaching and supporting more people affected by cancer. We also received new gift and experience donations including a flight in a helicopter as well as long term financial donors, both of which are imperative for our vital service to continue.” 

Fiona’s daughter Francesca who also works for the charity said, “Seeing my mum win the National Lottery Award was one of the best moments of my life. I hope it motivates other people living with cancer to achieve big things despite their diagnosis.” 

To enter your favourite project in this year’s National Lottery Awards, complete an entry form through our website Entries must be received by midnight on 30 April 2019.

To thank National Lottery players for making these achievements possible and to celebrate the massive difference The National Lottery has made – and continues to make – to lives of people across the UK, the National Lottery is working on a range of plans in the run-up to the 25th Birthday in November. Further details will be announced in due course.


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