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Recently, The Health Lottery announced that they would be increasing the percentage of its ticket price that goes to charity in response to Covid-19. It currently gives 20.34% of each ticket’s price to charity. This will now increase to 25.5%.

This increase comes in response to the financial damage caused to the charity sector due to the Covid-19 crisis and The Health Lottery hopes that by increasing the percentage that goes to good causes, grassroots projects and charities across Great Britain will receive the lifeline they desperately need.

People’s Health Trust is funded through 12 society lotteries, each designed to raise money to address health inequalities in a separate part of England, Scotland and Wales. The society lotteries operate through The Health Lottery. So far, players of The Health Lottery have helped to raise more than £115 million for local good causes.

This is an incredible amount of money, and it’s meant that we’ve been able to invest in over 3,000 local projects across Great Britain, helping over 559,000 people. The newly announced increase will give even more communities the opportunity to address health inequalities at their local levels.

Announcing the news, Martin Ellice, Managing Director of The Health Lottery said:

“There has never been a more important time in living memory than now to ensure that we support the phenomenal work carried out by the thousands of charities and projects across the length and breadth of Great Britain - many of whom are in desperate need of funding”

“The Covid-19 crisis has left many charities and projects in a vulnerable position. That’s the reason we have taken the decision to increase the level of contribution by over 25%, allowing us to support the health inequality projects that are so important to local communities. Every single one of the charities and projects funded through The Health Lottery carries out wonderful work and it’s of paramount importance that we keep them alive”

John Hume, Chief Executive of People’s Health Trust said, “The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has shocked and impacted us all. Yet it has also shown the power and importance of communities pulling together. In this difficult time, People’s Health Trust has seen the projects we fund, in the most disadvantaged areas of Great Britain, doing vital work to support their neighbourhoods. We know that these communities are being hit hardest by COVID-19.

We are grateful to The Health Lottery for giving more opportunities to support local people at the heart of disadvantaged neighbourhoods now and on the long journey ahead.”

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