∙ Ahead of Remembrance Day, The National Lottery is celebrating the outstanding contribution made by its players to veterans’ charities since the first draw in 1994
∙ New film fronted by ex-Marine Adam Edwards shines a light on The Coming Home Centre and highlights the vital support provided by charities to those who have left the military
∙ The National Lottery has funded over 28,700 projects supporting veterans over the past 25 years
Ahead of Remembrance Day, The National Lottery is celebrating the £339 million raised by players for veterans since the first draw in 1994.
Through an emotive new film with veteran’s charity The Coming Home Centre, based in Govan, The National Lottery is shining a light on projects across the UK which have improved and enriched the lives of veterans after they have returned home from service.
The film, which is part of The National Lottery’s 25th Anniversary campaign, is fronted by ex-marine Adam Edwards, who describes first-hand the positive impact that National Lottery funding has had on him and veterans like him.
Watch the film here here
The £339 million raised by National Lottery players has helped fund 28,703 projects supporting veterans from across the UK. This includes counselling services, support to visit locations where they served, free taxi services and drop in centres.
As well as supporting recent leavers adjust back into civilian life, £27.4 million has been awarded in 19,422 grants for commemorative visits where veterans, widows and carers have been able to visit the battlefields where they or their loved ones served.
Adam served with the 45 Commando Royal Marines in Afghanistan, where he was shot and wounded. In the film, he talks about his recovery at home and the importance of The Coming Home Centre in his recovery.
Adam Edwards said: “Returning to life in the UK after serving in Afghanistan was particularly difficult, as I was facing the mental and physical effects of serving in both the Army and Marines. Lucky for me, someone recommended I visit The Coming Home Centre which turned out to be so important in aiding my recovery and helping to rebuild my life again.
“Veteran projects funded by The National Lottery, including The Coming Home Centre, support veterans with everything from the practical to the emotional. Through my own personal experience and my subsequent work at the centre, I have seen first-hand how important charities such as these are in helping veterans’ transition back into everyday life and get back on their feet.
“Without The National Lottery funding, this project simply wouldn’t exist, and people like me would not be able to get the support we desperately need. It is great that, for The National Lottery’s 25th birthday, they are shining a light on this and the positive impact funding has on veterans in the UK.”
Dawn Austwick, CEO, The National Lottery Community Fund added: “It’s truly inspiring to see the difference that National Lottery funding has made to the lives of these people who have served their country, and are now returning back to civilian life, which is no easy feat. It’s fantastic that every time someone buys a National Lottery ticket, they’re helping support the men and women who have given so much.”
The National Lottery’s Veterans film is part of a season of events to celebrate The National Lottery’s 25th Birthday. The activities will reflect the National Lottery’s 25-year legacy, providing a fantastic opportunity to celebrate projects and people who have benefitted from National Lottery funding over the last quarter of a century.
The 25th birthday is a moment to celebrate the extraordinary impact The National Lottery has had on the UK. Since The National Lottery began, over 565,000 individual grants have been awarded across the UK. That’s the equivalent of 200 life-changing projects in every UK postcode district.
Discover the positive impact playing the National Lottery has had on your community over the past 25 years by visiting www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk and get involved by using the 25th hashtag: #NationalLottery25