Lottery hits £3 billion Scottish milestone

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An emotional video features just a handful of the many thousands of projects who have gained funding

30th January 2018 by Gareth Jones 0 Comments

The National Lottery is celebrating reaching a milestone for funding projects in Scotland.

Since launching in 1994, the lottery has allocated £3 billion to 63,000 community, arts, heritage and sports projects in Scotland.

To mark reaching the figure, The National Lottery recently undertook a secret filming project to capture the surprise reactions of four Scottish charities finding out they've been awarded lottery funding.

Raise a Smile captures the moment those at the heart of the project discover they've been successful in securing funding. The short film features paralympic judo player, Sam Ingram's response to learning that £7,150 of National Lottery funding will create a new judo hub for visually impaired people in the Clydebank area of Glasgow.

He said: "Those who are visually impaired like myself can sometimes struggle to find a suitable sport but judo has so much to offer. The Clydebank judo hub will really benefit young kids with visual impairment, help build their confidence and potentially discover a sport for life.

"I was blown away to hear the news about the funding and I can't thank the players of National Lottery enough for making this possible."

The lottery’s Jonathan Tuchner said: "National Lottery players have raised a massive £3 billion to fund projects which make a life-changing difference right across Scotland. The Raise a Smile video is thanking lottery players for making Scotland a happier place to live. Without them none of this would have been possible.”

Other groups that feature in the video are Scottish Disability Sport, Riverside Hall, Theatre Nemo and Saheliya.