From repairing Scout huts, supporting the most vulnerable in society and breathing fresh life into local communities across the UK to preserving the nation’s heritage, protecting the environment and helping to make inspirational Olympic and Paralympic champions, amazing people are doing extraordinary things with National Lottery funding week in, week out.
On top of that, since its launch in 1994, The National Lottery has created thousands of jobs, provided more than a million training volunteering opportunities, and helped to build internationally renowned and award-winning arts and film industries.
With the equivalent of around 225 lottery grants in every postcode district, almost everyone in the UK has benefited from a National Lottery-funded project. To date, National Lottery players have raised over £43 billion for Good Causes – money that has funded more than 635,000 projects in total across the arts, sport, heritage, health, education, environment and community/charity sectors.
These bodies (shown below) are chosen by Parliament for their knowledge and expertise to help ensure the money goes exactly where it’s needed.
All of the income raised for Good Causes from ticket sales is paid by us into the National Lottery Distribution Fund and then allocated to the distribution bodies according to a formula set by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport. In the year to 31 March 2021, the money we delivered for Good Causes was allocated as shown above.
Arts Council England
Arts Council of Northern Ireland
Arts Council of Wales
British Film Institute
The National Lottery Community Fund
The National Lottery Heritage Fund
Sport Northern Ireland
Under our operation, The National Lottery is now generating over £36 million, on average, every week for Good Causes across the UK – the equivalent of £60 being raised every single second. Combined with the amount it also delivers for the government through Lottery Duty – money that helps to fund public expenditure throughout the UK – The National Lottery is currently raising more than £59 million a week for UK society.
Including Lottery Duty and the commission earned by our retail partners, The National Lottery is continuing to return 95% of all sales revenue to winners and society – one of the highest percentages of lottery revenue given back in the world.
As well as helping to fund truly world-class arts, sports and heritage projects of which the UK can be proud, The National Lottery is continuing to make a massive difference at a local level. With around 70% of all funding grants being for £10,000 or less, The National Lottery is providing a real lifeline to small, grassroots community projects at a time when other sources of funding have been, or face being, cut.
And, given the unprecedented challenges and sheer scale of the Covid-19 pandemic over the course of the last year, National Lottery funding – especially to support people and communities at a local level – has never been more important than it is now.
We return 95% of all sales revenue to winners and society, while around 70% of all funding grants are for £10,000 or less
Through its distribution bodies, The National Lottery is making the biggest financial contribution to the UK-wide response to the crisis outside of government. Thanks to National Lottery players, over £1.2 billion in vital funding has now been distributed to charities and organisations to help those most in need, including more than £600 million in funding from The National Lottery Community Fund to help groups best placed to support people and communities through the crisis.
This huge package of support has boosted the arts, community, heritage and sports sectors, and has helped to protect the future of thousands of organisations across the UK. Among other things, the money awarded has gone towards thousands of initiatives and programmes that tackle loneliness and isolation, provide support for the elderly and vulnerable young people, and promote physical and mental health in the community.
It has also enabled the people and organisations that make up the UK’s vibrant arts sector to bring creativity, enjoyment and enrichment to people in new ways over the last 12 months, and allowed key project workers and volunteers to safeguard the country’s valued heritage sites to ensure they are not lost to the public. And it has seen thousands of grassroots sports workers and volunteers from local clubs and organisations across the UK continue to help the nation to remain active, happy and motivated during the pandemic.
Ros Kerslake, Chair of The National Lottery Forum
In March 2021, the National Lottery Promotions Unit launched ’Thanks a Billion’, a media campaign highlighting the hugely positive role that National Lottery funding has had – and continues to have – in tackling the impact of Covid-19 on thousands of local communities across the UK. The successful campaign – which has so far generated more than 1,100 media articles, with a reach of over 31 million – shared the stories of just some of the countless projects which, thanks to National Lottery investment, have been able to survive and support thousands of people in innovative ways during these difficult times.
One such project to have benefited from a share of the £1.2 billion awarded to date is Scottish Youth Theatre, Scotland’s national youth theatre, which provides training to young, creative talent across the country. The Glasgow-based company received a National Lottery grant from Creative Scotland of almost £50,000 and has used the much-needed funding to expand its digital presence across the whole of Scotland.
With many young people needing somewhere to turn to more than ever during lockdown, Scottish Youth Theatre has provided a crucial outlet of creative support for them. The funding has enabled the organisation to run its first-ever digital festival, ’Making Space’, with Chief Executive Jacky Hardacre grateful to National Lottery players for enhancing the company’s reach and handing young people a vital lifeline:
“National Lottery players’ contribution really makes a difference. The theatre industry has been hit really hard, and we’re working with young people who want to follow a creative career. What I hope we’ve continued to do is give them some optimism and a pathway into the industry so they can shape it in future. And how good is that? National Lottery funding, through our Creative Scotland grant, has certainly been a big part of [what we’ve done]. It’s funded a programme of activity for six months of the financial year.”
Another project in Scotland to benefit from a much-needed injection of cash is Scran Academy, in Edinburgh, which has used its funding from The National Lottery Community Fund to deliver free hot meals to vulnerable people right across the city. Working with local partners to cover any gaps in service, the catering social enterprise significantly intensified its Edinburgh-wide meal production service when lockdown first struck and distributed 150,000 meals to over 3,500 people.
Working day and night to ease the challenges posed by lockdown for thousands of people, Scran Academy’s work has prevented homeless people and families from going hungry. And Founder and Chairman, John Loughton, knows it wouldn’t have been possible without The National Lottery.
John Loughton, Founder and Chairman of Scran Academy
In Wales, The National Lottery grant awarded by Sport Wales to the North Wales Crusaders Wheelchair Rugby League & Disability Sports Club enabled the club to find new wheelchair storage space after its Deeside base was turned into a hospital. North Wales Crusaders’ revenue streams dried up overnight when lockdown struck but, thanks to National Lottery support, not only were its additional storage costs met, but it could afford crucial personal protective equipment to enable members to carry on training and playing.
The club provides a vital sporting outlet for disabled people across North Wales and Stephen Jones, Head Coach and Trustee, believes that National Lottery players have been crucial to its survival: “We’re not the only club who have suffered through Covid but, because of The National Lottery, at least there is a light at the end of the tunnel with funding for us. Without the initial funding we got, we would have seriously struggled to be able to afford to store our equipment. We may have even been in a position where we would have had to sell some of it.”
Elsewhere in Wales, Insole Court, a Victorian Gothic mansion in Cardiff, also received vital funding from The National Lottery. The 165-year-old building, which represents a key cultural lifeline for people in Cardiff, used a grant from The National Lottery Heritage Fund to open a second-hand bookshop and install picnic benches outside.
Gray Hill, Director of Insole Court
In Northern Ireland, Newry-based Head Injury Support, a charity support group which works with adults affected by brain injuries that prevent them from returning to employment, was another project to benefit from significant National Lottery funding. The group was awarded £447,984 from The National Lottery Community Fund, enabling it to run the ’My Day, My Way’ project that will allow it to engage with an increased number of Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) survivors over the next four years.
The charity has distributed a range of engagement packs and run three Zoom sessions every week during lockdown and Paul Murphy, a two-time head injury survivor supported by Head Injury Support, knows it wouldn’t have been possible without National Lottery players: “I’m always thankful. Thanks very much to National Lottery players for what they do. None of this would happen without funding. We are very grateful, and the money from The National Lottery is creating an atmosphere of community.”
Belfast music festival AVA – Audio, Visual, Arts – also benefited from an emergency National Lottery grant, receiving £7,200 in funding from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. The electronic music bonanza had to be cancelled this year but, thanks to the support of National Lottery players, it organised a large-scale, live-streamed event that attracted a total online audience of more than 300,000 people.
The virtual alternative gave many young people some critical lockdown respite and Sarah McBriar, Founder and Creative Director, hailed National Lottery players for keeping the arts alive.
Sarah McBriar, Founder and Creative Director of AVA
In England, one of the projects boosted by National Lottery funding is Leicester-based Community Interest Company HQ Can, which received a recovery grant of £189,150 from The National Lottery Community Fund. HQ Can works with unemployed and disadvantaged adults looking to gain employment in the creative sector, and provides them with industry-related employability skills, experience and confidence.
National Lottery funding has enabled the organisation to further enhance the skills of creative talent in the East Midlands, with Founder and CEO Yasin El Ashrafi saying that the support has made all the difference: “I’d just say thank you to National Lottery players. Without The National Lottery, there would be so many projects like mine that just wouldn’t be able to continue. Without The National Lottery, we potentially would have ended up closing down. It has been literally a complete lifeline for me and the young people we support.”
Women at War also received vital National Lottery funding during the year. The trailblazing initiative was created by Community Interest Company Believe In Me, which champions a multi-ethnic and multi-religious approach in exploring the involvement and contribution of Indian women in the Second World War, and its impact on them.
Indian Women at War used its grant of £9,100 from The National Lottery Heritage Fund to continue its ground-breaking research into the unique stories of Indian women who served in the Royal Air Force, Royal Naval Service and Auxiliary Corps, with the project then presenting its findings in film and on other digital platforms with the help of young people from Holly Lodge High School in Smethwick.
Adapting to Zoom has given the pupils an educational lifeline in lockdown and Kiran Sahota, who runs the project, admits it would not have been possible without National Lottery support.
Kiran Sahota, Director of Community Interest Company Believe in Me
The Awards encompass all seven areas of National Lottery funding, with an additional special ’Young Hero Award’ presented to someone under the age of 18 who has gone that extra mile in their organisation. Winners receive a £3,000 cash prize for their project and a coveted National Lottery Awards trophy.
This year, and for the first time, the annual search for the UK’s most popular National Lottery-funded projects honoured those outstanding individuals – the ’lockdown legends’ – who have made an extraordinary impact in their community, especially those who have adapted during the ongoing pandemic.
And with a record-breaking number of projects from across the whole of the UK nominated for the Awards, it was clear that the events of the last extraordinary year have inspired more people than ever to find a way to help.
As it wasn’t possible to hold a glittering awards ceremony this year to pay tribute to the winning National Lottery-funded projects and the amazing people involved in running them, the winners of the 2020 National Lottery Awards were congratulated on their achievements by a celebrity with a special interest in their work.
Leanne was just 30 in 2016 when she was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer and underwent chemotherapy, as well as a bilateral mastectomy. During her treatment, she organised a series of informal coffee mornings to support other BAME women with the disease. These evolved into the Black Women Rising Cancer Support Group to raise awareness of the disease among a demographic disproportionately affected by cancer.
After being given the all clear in the summer of 2017, Leanne created Black Women Rising – The Untold Stories, an acclaimed photographic exhibition featuring portraits of 14 women bearing their cancer treatment scars. And, in 2019, she set up The Leanne Pero Foundation to address the lack of education about the disease among the black community, and to provide specialist support and services for black cancer patients.
Leanne was thrilled to receive her award from Olympic gold medallist and sports presenter Denise Lewis, who lost her own grandmother to cancer in 2005: “Winning the award means everything – it’s been such an amazing morale booster. And having it presented by Denise Lewis, a childhood hero of mine, was absolutely brilliant.”
Dom and Alexandria Warren set up Dom’s Food Mission in 2015 to tackle food poverty and reduce food waste in Hastings after seeing children at the school drop-off who looked like they were struggling and may not have had breakfast that morning. Wanting to do their bit, the couple started a Facebook group asking for unwanted food so that they could boost stocks at the local food bank – and, in the very first week, collected enough to feed 160 people.
Fast-forward five years, and with the support of local businesses, Dom’s Food Mission was feeding 4,000 people a month. However, when lockdown hit, Dom took the project to the next level, delivering 8,000 food parcels a week to families in Hastings and preventing 35,000 tonnes of food going to landfill every month. Along with the Mission, Dom runs National Lottery-funded project A Helping Hand, a scheme that takes surplus food to schools where it is used to teach valuable life skills, such as cooking, to 1,000 children a month.
Receiving the award from This Morning’s resident doctor and NHS paediatric consultant Dr Ranj Singh, Dom said: “The award is a massive thing for us. In the grand scheme of things we’re a small charity, but we pack a hell of a punch. [The award] shows that people do care and we’re on the right track.”
After the loss of her daughter Erin who was still born at 37 weeks, Julie Morrison and her husband Bryan set up the Baby Loss Retreat charity to help families trying to cope with the death of a child. As well as offering counselling and support, the charity provides free weekends away to bereaved parents at three different locations in Scotland – with each of the retreats providing a peaceful hideaway for them to talk about and process their loss.
When lockdown restrictions came into place in March 2020, Julie organised counsellors to provide online and telephone support to families in need. With grieving families more isolated than ever, and women often having to go for bad news scans and spend time in hospital alone, Julie continued to receive new enquiries throughout, even helping one family to arrange a funeral.
Speaking about her award, which was presented to her by TV presenter Jean Johansson, Julie said: “It is really special to have won the Charity and Community category in the 2020 National Lottery Awards. We set up the Baby Loss Retreat as we wanted to offer something to people who have suffered like us as a family, as they continue to deal with the loss that never leaves them.”
Taslima Ahmad is passionate about keeping traditional British and South Asian textile techniques alive. In 2013, she set up Creative Design & Manufacture UK in central Manchester to create a therapeutic and educational environment where people experiencing difficult circumstances could feel safe to share while learning new skills. As well as holding workshops to coach marginalised women in traditional textile techniques, Taslima visits schools and has delivered textile classes to more than 2,000 children.
Unable to run the workshops in person during the pandemic, she delivered 20 sewing machines, bought using emergency National Lottery funding, to her students, and took her sessions online to help vulnerable and disadvantaged BAME women to cope with its impact. With many of the women and children having no access to outdoor spaces, the machines provided a creative and vital distraction. They also enabled the students to earn some much-needed income, as well as make face masks and scrubs which were donated to hospital staff and patients.
On being presented with her award by fashion designer and judge on The Great British Sewing Bee Patrick Grant, Taslima said: “I’m just blown away by the award. It’s important that the women who come and learn new skills feel proud of the incredible work they have produced. I’m so pleased to be able to shine a light on them.”
Doorman and mixed martial arts fighter Wasem Said opened Tiger Bay Amateur Boxing Club in 2018 as a tribute to his former mentor, champion boxer Pat Thomas. The club is based at the Yemeni Community Centre in Butetown in Cardiff and is attached to the local mosque, with Muslim members able to take the call for prayer while training. Alongside boxing, Wasem and the coaches at the club work to combat antisocial behaviour and prevent intolerance by creating a cohesive community of all religions, races and nationalities.
Wasem has personal experience of the problems young people face. After losing his dad at 15, he became involved with gangs, and saw violence and drugs first hand on the streets. Starting mixed martial arts training helped him turn his life around and inspired him to help others. The club now has more than 150 young members and, during lockdown, it was delivering 120 food parcels a week to vulnerable, shielding families.
Wasem was thrilled to receive the award, as well as a congratulatory message from former heavyweight and cruiserweight world boxing champion David Haye: “When the boys at the boxing club saw the award and the message from David, it gave them hope and positivity. It’s an amazing honour, and it all helps to encourage them and build their confidence.”
Matchbox Cineclub has been providing film screenings, residences and pop-up cinema events across Scotland since 2010. From March 2020, the duo behind the independent film organisation – Sean Welsh and Megan Mitchell – suspended their usual work and turned their efforts to supporting deaf and hard of hearing audiences and writing subtitles from scratch.
They have been working 12-hour days, seven days a week, captioning more than 250 films to ensure that D/deaf audiences can continue to enjoy the world of film as cinemas and film exhibitors took their activities online. Going the extra mile, the pair have also been sharing their skills with others who screen films, running extensive workshops and consultations to support organisations to begin captioning content themselves, and understand all the ways they can make sure their online activity is as accessible as possible.
TV presenter and radio DJ Edith Bowman congratulated Sean and Megan for all their efforts in making film more accessible, with Sean saying: “It’s an honour to win this National Lottery Award for the work we’ve been doing. We are strong believers that film provides a unique kind of escapism, creativity and excitement for all. That’s why we felt it was important to evolve our work with Matchbox Cineclub and help all audiences find comfort in film during these challenging times.”
Octogenarian food crusader and ex-restaurateur Tony Gibbons set up The Friendly Food Club over 15 years ago, and has gone on to help thousands of struggling families in Dorset learn to cook affordable, nutritious meals and make new friends through fun, free cookery workshops.
Determined to stay connected with the vulnerable people who had attended the workshops, Tony took his classes online following the Covid outbreak and created The Family Cookbox – a parcel containing all of the ingredients needed to make healthy meals, as well as quizzes, games and activities to support home learning. The club delivered around 4,500 boxes across Dorset during the summer and encouraged recipients to share their meals on social media, which kept them engaged with healthy eating and in contact with other families.
After winning the award, Tony – who received a congratulatory message from Saturday Kitchen star and celebrity chef Matt Tebbutt – said: “I am a strong believer that food is a catalyst for so many things – confidence, improved health and making friends – and that is why, thanks to National Lottery funding, I have been able to continue my work with The Friendly Food Club and make a difference to the lives of families who need the club most.”
Caitlin Walker has autism, OCD and severe anxiety, and is also a young carer for her dad. After suffering a breakdown, she continued her education through home-schooling. But that meant that, when GCSE exams were cancelled due to the pandemic, she was unable to gain any qualifications because external candidates were not allowed to use predicted grades.
Despite it being an extremely challenging time, Caitlin, from Kent, used her free time to volunteer and then work for Youth Resilience UK, an organisation that provides schoolchildren with skills to improve their emotional and mental resilience. Her work has inspired her to go to college to study business management. Caitlin has also been tirelessly supporting her local community by running errands for those shielding and sourcing donations of essential items for the ICU staff at her local hospital.
Caitlin, who was told about her win by YouTube sensation Saffron Barker via a surprise video message, said: “I was so shocked when I saw Saffron on the screen in front of me and even more surprised when she said I had won the Young Hero Award! I didn’t see myself as a hero – I was just doing what I thought everyone should do for those that need it – but I’m so happy to receive the trophy and be recognised for what I have been doing these last six months.”
For further details of the 2020 National Lottery Awards, please see: lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/awards
In a year when Covid-19 has reminded all of us of the importance of community, The National Lottery family launched a campaign in October dedicated to telling the stories of the everyday people whose sometimes small actions have helped to maintain and rebuild the places where we live, and reconnected us to the things we love. Remarkable people who didn’t feel that their actions and efforts were anything special but who have had a positive and profound impact across the arts, community, heritage and sport sectors around the UK.
To launch the campaign, furniture restorer and TV presenter Jay Blades unveiled a series of bespoke benches that he designed to celebrate the inspirational people who have done amazing work in their local community during the pandemic. Sarah-Jane Piper and Michelle Thomson were two of the people across the UK who received a handcrafted community bench for their work with 150 visually impaired people in Basildon, Essex, who they supported day in, day out during lockdown.
The pair provided shopping services and doorstep food parcels, prescription deliveries, and arranged house repairs and social care interventions, as well as all-important emotional support through their telephone befriending service. The bench, which has been installed in Basildon’s Gloucester Park, features built-in dog bowls for guide dogs or any other canine companions and is emblazoned with the poignant quote, “seeing is not the only way to have vision”. All of the benches also boast written dedications in braille, as well as QR codes that will allow visitors to listen to audio recordings of Jay telling the individuals’ stories.
Two Scottish charity workers were also among those honoured with bespoke benches. Debra Kirkness runs Music 4 U, a performing arts school in Aberdeen that helps young people with physical and learning disabilities, as well as challenging social and financial circumstances, to get involved with music. During lockdown, the school found innovative ways to reach out to its community, running online concerts, holding interviews and quizzes, making videos and creating doorstep challenges. Debra’s bench was installed outside the Aberdeen Arts Centre where she does much of her work.
Meanwhile, Steven McCluskey, the Edinburgh-based founder of Bikes for Refugees (Scotland), recognised quickly at the start of lockdown that the charity needed to broaden its scope, lending bikes to essential workers in health, social care, education and other key roles. It also used National Lottery funding to provide emergency food aid and other essential supplies to isolated and vulnerable New Scots (refugees and asylum seekers). Steven’s bench was installed in Glasgow Green on the Sustrans National Cycle Network (NCN75), linking Glasgow to Edinburgh where the project has its community cycle hubs.
In November, eight of the UK’s most iconic art galleries – including The National Portrait Gallery in London, The National Museum of Wales in Cardiff, The MAC in Belfast and Summerhall in Edinburgh – joined forces with the British Film Institute to present a unique online photography exhibition. However, the subjects shot by photographer Chris Floyd, who has spent his 25-year career photographing the likes of Sir Paul McCartney and Sir Mo Farah, weren’t celebrities or historical figures. They were the unheralded everyday champions of the arts sector.
With the sector being one of the hardest-hit areas during the pandemic, thousands of dedicated and devoted artists have made it their mission to keep the arts in their local area alive and accessible for all. The exhibition – The National Lottery’s 2020 Portraits of the People – honoured 13 of these artistic champions for playing a key role in lifting people’s spirits this year. One of those people was Abbie Canning (below), whose charitable organisation Q Club in Derby supports children on the autistic spectrum. During lockdown, Abbie hosted online sessions to offer a vital creative outlet to youngsters through a range of digital visual arts, including photography and animation.
In December, TV’s Sir Tony Robinson unveiled a historic takeover of Stonehenge, with the 5,000-year-old sarsen stones illuminated with images of the UK’s ’unsung heritage champions’. With Sir Tony unable to attend the display due to lockdown restrictions, a video projection of him lit up the historic stones and introduced the momentous display. The night-time celebration used eight projectors to honour those remarkable individuals who have worked tirelessly to keep the UK’s heritage accessible during the pandemic and beyond.
Stonehenge is just one of the many heritage sites in the UK which has faced uncertainty during the pandemic. Without any visitors, and with 92% of its staff furloughed, English Heritage’s James Rodliff, Operations Manager at Stonehenge, worked with a small team throughout lockdown to ensure the care and conservation of the iconic site. James, who was instrumental in planning the safe re-opening of the site in early July 2020, was “surprised and humbled” to have his image projected onto one of the stones: “I certainly didn’t expect to turn up to work and see my face up in lights.”
Sir Tony Robinson
December also saw iconic sports venues across England and Wales change their names for a day to recognise grassroots sports workers and volunteers who have gone above and beyond to help people and communities remain active, connected and motivated during lockdown. And in Northern Ireland, boxing legend Carl Frampton made some special dedications to those local unsung heroes who have stepped to the fore.
The home of England Rugby, Twickenham, became the O’Brien Palmer Williams Twickenham Stadium to celebrate Lucy O’Brien, Breeze Palmer and Matt Williams of Avonmouth Old Boys RUFC Ladies team, which delivered hundreds of hampers, food boxes and even flowers to those shielding, the vulnerable and those on the front line during the pandemic. And in cricket, The Kia Oval, home of Surrey County Cricket Club, changed its name to the Kia Shahidul Alam Ratan Oval in honour of the hardworking leader of Capital Kids Cricket, a charity which uses cricket as a tool to change the lives of disadvantaged children.
Elsewhere, The Paula Radcliffe Athletics Track, at Loughborough University, was renamed The Kayla Kavanagh Athletics Track in honour of a Barnsley-based mum who set up the Mother Runners running club after discovering for herself the physical and mental benefits of running. And Redgrave and Pinsent Rowing Lake was renamed Turner Farquharson Rowing Lake after London Youth Rowing coaches Isobel Turner and Lawrence Farquharson, who worked to change the lives of young people for the better during a very difficult year.
In Wales, Geraint Thomas National Velodrome of Wales, named after 2018’s Tour de France winner, became the Chris Davies National Velodrome of Wales for the day. Chris accepted the honour on behalf of Lliswerry Runners, which plays a huge role in the Newport sports community. Chris and the club have worked tirelessly to keep members active, offering support and encouragement for people of all abilities. Meanwhile, the Sport Wales National Outdoor Centre, in Caernarfon, was renamed The Ken Newing National Outdoor Centre to celebrate a local sports volunteer who, despite shielding, organised e-sailing programmes and helped to bring the community together at a time when many would have otherwise been alone.
Former England cricket captain Sir Alastair Cook
Over in Northern Ireland, boxer Carl Frampton surprised Midland Boxing Club coaches Lee Cochrane and Keith Dallas, who spent lockdown delivering meals to the elderly in their north Belfast community – with Lee even providing food from his own house on some occasions, with a range of boxing equipment from The National Lottery. The gift and surprise were also shared with Amy Stewart from Monkstown Boxing Club, whose members turned its gym into a makeshift soup kitchen, with volunteers helping to deliver food packages to local people who were self-isolating and vulnerable.
Meanwhile, in Scotland, six-time Olympic champion Sir Chris Hoy surprised Fife cycling enthusiast Kirsteen Durkin (below), with a video call and the delivery of a new bike, as a gesture of appreciation from The National Lottery. During the pandemic, Kirsteen, who is Cycling Development Officer for Fife Council and uses National Lottery funding to develop cycling in the local area, was called on to help run the Burntisland Emergency Action Team. Within two weeks of lockdown starting, she had a team of 80 volunteers delivering hundreds of meals and food parcels locally, collecting shopping and prescriptions, and running essential errands for those who were shielding.
Sir Chris Hoy