Emma Thompson Praises Players Support As She Collects £500k Charity Cheque.
Emma Thompson praised the ‘extraordinary moral support’ of players of People’s Postcode Lottery as she collected a cheque for £500,000 on behalf of her charity.
The actor and activist is President of the Helen Bamber Foundation which supports refugees and asylum seekers who have experienced torture and human trafficking.
On Tuesday night (23 January 2018), Emma spoke passionately as she joined other charities from around the country for People’s Postcode Lottery’s annual Charity Gala at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh.
Emma said: “Never have I felt more excited by the support of an organisation. People’s Postcode Lottery offers financial help, yes, but even more than that, it provides extraordinary moral support.”
The gala was a celebration of a remarkable 12 months for the organisation. More than £93.4 million was raised for charity by players of People’s Postcode Lottery in 2017 and the organisation also took the opportunity to announce an increase to 32% of each ticket sale going directly to charity.
The two winners of the People’s Postcode Lottery’s Dream Fund – which offers organisations the opportunity to apply for financial support to bring their dream project to life – were also announced on the night.
Wheels Of Change, led by charity Whizz Kidz, received £1million to radically improve the quality of life and life chances of young wheelchair users. They are developing a wheelchair for children that is ground-breaking, adaptable and affordable.
Search Dog Heroes, led by Missing People, also received £1million. The project will develop specialised scent kits and search dog training to enable communities to respond more quickly when a vulnerable person goes missing.
Since 2005 players of People’s Postcode Lottery have raised £263million for charities and good causes across Great Britain and internationally.
For more information on People’s Postcode Lottery, please visit www.postcodelottery.co.uk