National Lottery operator Camelot has recognised The Southern Co-operative for its achievement in raising a landmark £50 million for the Good Causes over the last 16 years. The society, which is based in southern England and operates over 150 community outlets, received the special award from Camelot after raising the money from sales of National Lottery products in its stores.
Camelot Business Executive Jeremy Brotherton, who presented the award to Debbie Woodward, NL Category Manager, at The Southern Co-operative, said: “Raising £50 million for the Good Causes is a fantastic achievement by one of the leading businesses in the region. Everyone at The Southern Co-operative should feel very proud that, with the support of their loyal customers, they’ve raised this tremendous amount of money. National Lottery-funded projects are helping to improve communities across southern England and throughout the UK – but none of this would be possible without your continued hard work and enthusiasm.”
Debbie Woodward said: “We’re delighted to receive this award from Camelot, and are absolutely thrilled to discover just how much money our colleagues and customers have contributed to the Good Causes over the last 16 years. £50 million is a real landmark achievement but we can’t wait to raise even more money for the Good Causes – and make even more of a positive difference.
Since its launch in 1994, The National Lottery has now raised over £26 billion for the Good Causes, of which £3.6 billion has been used to fund over 60,000 individual grants – large and small – across the south of England. These have been awarded to a wide range of organisations involved in the health, arts, sport, heritage, education, environment and voluntary/charity sectors across the region.
Large-scale projects to have received lottery funding include the restoration of The Itchen Navigation Heritage Trail riverbank and footpath in Hampshire, and the conservation of the historic SS Great Britain in Bristol. Smaller projects include Ferring Country Centre’s Small Animal Farm in West Sussex, which works with people with learning difficulties.
Lottery-funded projects are also helping people of all backgrounds and abilities across the south of England to fulfil their sporting potential. The Southwest Regional Talent Centre in Bath, for example, supports emerging pre-elite athletes, while The Bluebird Care Hampshire Disability Cricket Programme aims to encourage disabled people to play the game.
One lottery-funded beneficiary that is particularly close to The Southern Co-operative’s heart is its own charity of the year for 2011 – Country Holidays for Inner City Kids (Chicks). This children’s charity helps to provide respite breaks for disadvantaged 8 to 15-year-olds, with the children taking part in a host of fun activities which enable them to build self-confidence and develop life skills in a safe and caring environment.