Health Lottery South East Enables Expansion of Winchester’s Award Winning Blue Apple Theatre

15 August 2018

Hampshire is celebrating the expansion of award winning Winchester’s Blue Apple Theatre Group. The expansion has been made possible via a £49,615 grant from People’s Health Trust with money raised through The Health Lottery. 

Blue Apple Theatre provides a platform for people with a learning disability to excel within the arts sector. Through the production of high quality theatre, dance and film productions, the group supports members to enhance their social, personal and artistic skills and achieve public recognition for their talents. 

Founded in Winchester, Blue Apple Theatre’s incredible success in recent years has meant it has had long waiting lists. Thanks to money raised through The Heath Lottery, they have been able to hire more venues, hire skilled group facilitators and qualified carers, enabling the theatre group to expand its programme to establish 11 new groups to make a total of 15 weekly sessions running throughout Hampshire.

Simon Morris, General Manager, Blue Apple Theatre, said: “Receiving recognition and funding through The Health Lottery has had an incredible impact on Blue Apple Theatre’s members and organisers alike.  We’re passionate about raising the ceiling of expectation for people with a learning disability and the grant has meant that we can continue to support even more talented people with learning disabilities and help them to excel within the arts.”

Project member, Sam Dace, said: “It’s been quite the adventure, it’s led me a long way. It’s been cool. It’s given me more opportunities to show off my skills. Fantastic.”

Chris Lunn, The Health Lottery in the South East spokesperson, said: “The funds raised through The Health Lottery in the south east are changing and improving lives.  It was clear that supporting Blue Apple Theatre to grow would have a great benefit to the community. To date, over £100 million has been raised through The Health Lottery for good causes across Great Britain, of which over £10 million has been raised for the south east. We hope to make even more for good causes when Health Lottery South East opens on the 29th July.”

Health Lottery South East is benefitting from Health Lottery tickets sold for all draws being held between 29 July and 31 August 2018. You can buy Health Lottery tickets in advance for these draws online at or from more than 32,000 local retailers including the Post Office, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, ASDA, Morrisons and WH Smith. For all draws from 29 July, for every £1 entry into a weekly lottery draw the player automatically gets an entry into one of our monthly mega raffles with a guaranteed prize of £250,000.


For more information or to speak to a spokesperson from The Health Lottery South East or Blue Apple Theatre please contact [email protected]

About Blue Apple Theatre

Founded in 2005 and based in Winchester, Blue Apple is an ambitious theatrical company that supports performers with learning disabilities to develop and present high-quality productions for the widest possible audience – performing and touring theatre, dance and film within a variety of large and small scale venues around Hampshire and the southern regions.

Blue Apple is committed to the development of integrated and progressive opportunities within the arts for people with learning disabilities, to raise the ceiling of expectation and advocate for the development of a more inclusive and equal society. The increase in confidence gained through stage performances has helped Blue Apple participants to enhance their social, personal and artistic skills and achieve public recognition for their talents.

About The Health Lottery

The Health Lottery is an independent British lottery scheme with a difference. It manages multiple lotteries which operate under the banner of The Health Lottery. Each lottery is licensed by the Gambling Commission and represents a different region of Great Britain.

We are now consolidating these lotteries on a regional basis. The first regional lottery “Health Lottery South East” will take place between 29 July to 31 August 2018. These 12 regional lotteries will operate in a rotation, meaning that every area in England, Scotland and Wales gets a share of the funds raised. All are run for one specific purpose: Tackling health inequalities in their respective areas. By supporting local health causes, The Health Lottery is making a real difference every week to thousands of people across Great Britain. Over £100 million has been raised by society lotteries through The Health Lottery.

Health Lottery South East

The Health Lottery South East is a regional lottery which exists to address health inequalities in its area. 

The regional lottery is licensed by the Gambling Commission and raises funds through The Health Lottery which are distributed by People’s Health Trust.

About People’s Health Trust

People's Health Trust is an independent charity investing in local neighbourhoods to help create a society without health inequalities. It works closely with the regional lottery and distributes the grants.



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