WRVS attend tea party hosted by Simon Cowell to celebrate more than £32M of new funding

10 April 2013

Representatives from WRVS’ Cornhill Centre in Banbury were amongst the special guests at an event hosted by Simon Cowell on Thursday 28 March.

Banbury WRVS volunteer Avis Gallagher, manager of the WRVS Good Neighbours Service Breda Lamb and Edna Franklin who uses the WRVS service attended The Health Lottery Tea Party at Claridge’s to help celebrate £32 million of new good causes funding raised by society lotteries through The Health Lottery.

The event was attended by celebrities and representatives from local charity projects that have been funded by People’s Health Trust. The Trust uses the good causes money to support people in disadvantaged communities to grow up, live, work and age well.

The money that People’s Health Trust has provided for the WRVS Good Neighbours service, which runs from the Cornhill Centre in Banbury, has helped 130 older people to get out and about and to stay connected to their communities. Edna Franklin, who is age 87, was housebound for four years following an illness. But now, through the WRVS Good Neighbours service, she is able to get out and about and goes to the WRVS Cornhill Centre in Banbury several times a week.

Breda Lamb, WRVS Good Neighbours service manager in Banbury, said:

The £37,500 funding that WRVS Banbury has received from the People’s Health Trust, using money raised by HealthStrong through The Health Lottery, has been invaluable in helping us to develop and expand our vital services for older people in the area. The WRVS Good Neighbours befriending service in Banbury helps combat loneliness and keeps isolated older people connected to their communities.”

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

“It is wonderful to be able to support such straightforward projects such as WRVS Banbury’s Good Neighbours service and to welcome Edna, Avis and Breda to event at Claridges – they are all amazing examples of what can be achieved by supporting such a common sense local project.

“Without a doubt, the society lotteries and The Health Lottery are one of the highest profile and most successful new sources of funding that the charity sector has seen in years. Without it we simply would not have been able to fund this project.”

So far, more than 500 charities and community groups and over 50,000 people have already benefitted from the new funding raised by the society lotteries through The Health Lottery.



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