High Court Ruling vindicates ‘The Health Lottery’

17 August 2012

Statements in response to High Court ruling:

From People’s Health Trust

John Hume, Chief Executive of People’s Health Trust says:

“We welcome today’s decision which means that together with 51 community interest companies we can continue making grants to charities that are addressing some of the most deep rooted health inequalities across Great Britain.”

From the Community Interest Companies

Donald Macrae, a Director of the Community Interest Companies says:-

We are delighted with the court ruling which vindicates the Gambling Commission decision to grant multiple society lottery licences.

We’d like to thank the players of the Health Lottery who have so far raised over £22 million additional income for charitable good causes across Great Britain.

We look forward to supporting many more local charities that help people live longer healthier lives.

From the Health Lottery

“The High Court’s judgment today is a complete vindication of all the hard work that has gone into launching The Health Lottery. Since launching last October, the 51 Society Lotteries that raise money through the Health Lottery have raised around £23 million to build a healthier Britain, and Health Lottery players have won over £45 million in prizes.

If Camelot had succeeded in this case they would have shut down lifeline funding to hundreds of health projects and charities and the charity sector would have lost out badly. I am thrilled that the Court has seen through their tactics and that we can get back to work.”

For further information contact Nicola Brian - [email protected] or telephone 0207 697 4022

Notes to Editors

A recent report by DCMS demonstrates that the Health Lottery has made no material difference to national lottery money.

The Health Lottery is operated for and on behalf of 51 Community Interest Companies across England, Scotland and Wales, all holding society lottery licenses granted by the Gambling Commission. www.healthlottery.co.uk

People's Health Trust is an independent charity helping to address health inequalities across Great Britain. It works closely with each Community Interest Company supporting the distribution of grants. www.peopleshealthtrust.org.uk

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