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£50.3 million from National Lottery players awarded to community projects across England

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Release date:
5 12 2017

Community organisations across England are celebrating today after being awarded £50.3 million in National Lottery funding for the quarter. The money, raised by players for good causes, is being distributed by the Big Lottery Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK. Over 2,300 community projects are receiving a share.

Pat Benson Boxing Academy, based in the West Midlands, is one of the projects involved – it will be receiving more than £300,000. The project, which delivers physical activities such as boxing and circuit training, will use the funding to improve the health and wellbeing of people with mental health problems and complex needs, whilst providing young people with leadership and coaching opportunities.

Paddy Benson, Club Manager at Pat Benson Boxing Academy, says: “Thanks to National Lottery players, this funding will help to expand the current work we do. We want to make a real difference to even more local people, supporting those with mental health problems and complex needs by providing them with regular fitness activities to improve their wellbeing.

“These positive group sessions allow people to work together, enhancing their communication skills whilst getting physically and mentally healthier. Alongside this, we’ll bring in young people to give them a voice in coaching and mentoring, supporting them to develop their CVs and career aspirations. This funding will also create employment opportunities with four new job roles.”

James Harcourt, England Grant Making Director at the Big Lottery Fund, said: “We are proud to be able to distribute National Lottery money to community projects that are making a real difference across the country. It’s amazing to see some of the incredible things people are making happen for themselves and the people around them. It really is life changing.”

Other projects sharing today’s funding include:

Man Health in County Durham in the North East, which has received £225,000. The project aims to make a long-term difference for men coping with depression. It will use the funding to set up peer support groups where men can build friendships, reduce the loneliness and social stigma of depression, and access advice and guidance on how to deal with issues surrounding the illness.

The Big House in Islington, London, has received £334,000. The project, which supports people leaving care and at-risk young people to fulfil their potential, will run a programme of drama based activities and skills workshops on topics including healthy relationships, pathways to employment or learning, nutrition and avoiding homelessness.

Cultivate Cornwall CIC, based in North Cornwall, has received just under £10,000. The project, which works with young people and communities in Cornwall to boost employment prospects and reduce barriers to inclusion, will use the funding for its Community Organised Support Group (COGS) to provide sessions for local communities, volunteers and charities.

See the full list of projects

Last year the Big Lottery Fund awarded almost £713 million and supported almost 14,000 projects across the UK for health, education, environment and charitable purposes. The Big Lottery Fund is responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised by National Lottery players for good causes.


Claire Fudge, Strategic Communications Manager:
Claire.fudge@biglotteryfund.org.uk or 0121 345 8856
Press Office: 020 7211 1888
Out of hours media contact: 07867 500572

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About us:
The Big Lottery Fund uses money raised by National Lottery players to help communities achieve their ambitions. From small, local projects to UK-wide initiatives, our funding brings people together to make a difference to their health, wellbeing and environment. Since June 2004 we have awarded £8.5 billion to projects that improve the lives of millions of people.