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Houghton and District Youth Fitness and Boxing Club meet Simon Cowell

Diane Major, Ken Allen and club members J-Jay and Bobbie 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.

Houghton & District Youth Fitness and Boxing Club received £5,800 of funding from People’s Health Trust – using money raised by HealthRespect through The Health Lottery. The new funding has enabled them to extend their programme of support for vulnerable children and young people at risk of participating in anti-social or risk-taking behaviour by giving them opportunities to take part in fitness training, boxing sessions and other activities.

Diane Major, fundraiser for Houghton & District Youth Fitness and Boxing Club, said: “This was a fantastic opportunity for our children. Not only did they travel by train and visit London for the very first time in their lives, they also had the opportunity to meet Simon Cowell and mingle with the stars. Just brilliant!!”

“Funding from People’s Health Trust has enabled us to help more local children and young people – giving them the chance to try new activities and make new friends.”

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.

Money raised through the Health Lottery
The Health Lottery scheme manages 51 Society Lotteries that operate in rotation and each represents a different geographical region of Great Britain.
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