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

10 April 2013

Representatives from St Cyril’s Children and Youth Project were amongst the special guests at an event hosted by Simon Cowell on Thursday 28 March.

Project Coordinator – Alma Howarth, Play Leader –Susan Coppock and club member Rachel Downey (11) 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.

St. Cyril’s Children and Youth Project received more than £8,000 of funding from People’s Health Trust – using money raised by HealthFit through The Health Lottery to extend their programme of activities. The after-school club based in Naylorsfield, Liverpool provides play activities, free of charge to local children aged between 6 and 15 years old – offering them the opportunity to make new friends, try new activities and improve their confidence and self-esteem through activities which also have a proven impact on health.

Alma Howarth, Project Coordinator – St. Cyril’s Children and Youth Project, said:

“What a wonderful event so many celebrity guests there to support such a wonderful cause.  SCCYP have benefited greatly by the support from People’s Health Trust and funds raised by HealthFit through The Health Lottery. Raising funds is proving to be much more challenging during these difficult times.”

Rachel (11), club member – St. Cyril’s Children and Youth Project, said:

“It was very exciting meeting all the celebrities I usually watch on TV, especially Simon Cowell.”

 Susan Coppock, Play Leader – St. Cyril’s Children and Youth Project, said:

“The funding was greatly appreciated as it has provided the children and young people with various opportunities to look forward to throughout the year. It was lovely to have our work recognised in such a wonderful way.”

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

“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. It is innovative, fresh and it’s desperately needed. It’s hard to believe how much has been raised already.

“Communities, charities, local groups and local people are experiencing some of the hardest times at the moment. It is at times like this, with massive public sector cuts, that people turn to their local community groups and charities.”

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



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