Bristol Reggae Orchestra celebrates People’s Health Trust’s fifth anniversary at House of Commons

25 October 2016

A member of Bristol-based group Bristol Reggae Orchestra spent an afternoon at the House of Commons to celebrate People’s Health Trust’s fifth anniversary.

Bristol Reggae Orchestra received investment of £25,610 from People’s Health Trust, using money raised by HealthTogether through The Health Lottery.

The funding was used to support Bristol Reggae Orchestra’s development project which brought together residents from St Pauls and Easton to celebrate their rich culture.

Members come together to perform, learn, connect and grow in confidence and make friends.

During the afternoon, Stella Quinlivan from the project had the chance to chat with the event’s host, Baroness Royall, other Trust-funded projects, MPs and People’s Health Trust staff and Trustees.

She said: “It was fantastic to come to the House of Commons and help People’s Health Trust celebrate its five-year anniversary.

“Thanks to funding from the Trust, people from all different social backgrounds were able to come together and make new friends with people they might not have otherwise met, while creating music.”

People’s Health Trust supports local residents to design and deliver activities that will benefit local people the most.

In the last five years, over £80million has been raised by 51 society lotteries, through The Health Lottery. Over 2,300 projects have been supported, helping more than 400,000 people across Great Britain.

The Trust funds a huge variety of projects, from community hubs where residents come together, to intergenerational projects.

These are led by local people and give residents the chance to design and deliver activities that will benefit their community the most.

The Trust believes that giving local communities greater control over what happens in their neighbourhood is key to creating new and stronger relationships, improving confidence and a greater sense of belonging.

People’s Health Trust Chief Executive John Hume said: “It has been fantastic to have so many of our funded projects together at one event. I am delighted that so many were able to come and help us celebrate our fifth anniversary.

“People’s Health Trust has achieved a significant amount to address health inequalities locally in the last five years, none of which would be possible without the local organisations we work with.

“They are the real driving force behind change. Through their knowledge, skills and wisdom they are identifying the issues that need to be addressed in their neighbourhood and how best to address them.”

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Notes to editors

HealthTogether is a Community Interest Company committed to prioritising and raising money for health inequalities in Wiltshire, Bristol and South Gloucestershire. www.HealthTogetherCIC.org.uk

People living in the poorest neighbourhoods in Britain die, on average, seven years younger than people living in the richest neighbourhoods. What’s more, they will spend 17 years more of their shortened lives with an extra disability and have a lower quality of life. We believe that where people live should not unfairly reduce the length or the quality of their lives.

HealthWish is a Community Interest Company committed to raising money to address health inequalities in East and West Sussex, Brighton and Hove. www.healthwishcic.org.uk

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

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