The Health Lottery, which helps tackle health inequality and isolation across Great Britain, has announced that the level of funding to the thousands of charities and projects it supports will increase by over 25%.

This increase comes in response to the financial damage caused to the charity sector due to the Covid-19 crisis. To date, over £115 million has been raised for more than 3,000 community projects and charities through The Health Lottery and it is hoped that by increasing the percentage that goes to good causes, grassroots projects and charities across Great Britain will receive the lifeline they desperately need.

In London East, over £8.5 million has been raised through the Health Lottery since 2011. In that time, over 260 local charities and projects across the region have been supported including The Princess Project in Maidstone.

Announcing the news, Martin Ellice, Managing Director of The Health Lottery said:

“There has never been a more important time in living memory than now to ensure that we support the phenomenal work carried out by the thousands of charities and projects across the length and breadth of Great Britain – many of whom are in desperate need of funding”

“The Covid-19 crisis has left many charities and projects in a vulnerable position. That’s the reason we have taken the decision to increase the level of contribution by over 25%, allowing us to support the health inequality projects that are so important to local communities. Every single one of the charities and projects funded through The Health Lottery carries out wonderful work and it’s of paramount importance that we keep them alive”

Emma Tanner, CEO of The Princess Project, added their thanks to The Health Lottery for increasing charity funding saying, “Money raised through the Health Lottery has helped us to thrive and deliver vital services for our communities during the pandemic. This announcement is really great news for the charity sector at a time when it is in need of additional funding and will benefit many communities.”