UK National Lottery Stepping Up With Support Package

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This week the UK National Lottery has announced that they're going to be providing up to £600 million for charities and groups that are being negatively impacted because of Covid-19.

The lottery will distribute the funds over the next few months, providing funds to groups that care for the elderly, mental health organizations, groups that combat isolation, and others. Education, arts, sporting, and community groups will also have funds made available to them. £300 million will come from the National Lottery Community Fund, while a £50 million emergency fund from the lottery will also provide extra funds.

In a statement UK National Lottery Forum Chairperson Dawn Austwick said, "The National Lottery has always supported projects that help people and communities across the UK thrive. The funds available are switching focus to support communities, arts, heritage, sport, education and the environment to mitigate the unprecedented pressure they are coming under as the country rallies to overcome Covid-19."

Covid-19 has negatively impacted charity groups around the world, as donations have dried up with millions facing economic uncertainty. Without a doubt, the funds from the lottery will help dull the sting a bit, although we don't know by how much at this time.

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5 May 2020 - 6:37pm

Such an amount could really make a difference in lot of different areas I guess so that's just great to hear....could only imagine how most of these funds (if not all) would of suddenly disappear if it's about the state lottery me a cynic if you like but have seen that happens many times before.