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£237m Of National Lottery Funding Handed Out In Bradford

Fiona Coldron (centre)

Large grants have gone to projects including £6 million to build the National Media Museum.

New figures reveal that more than £237 million of National Lottery funding has been invested in Bradford since the National Lottery began almost 25 years ago.

More than 3,400 National Lottery grants have been awarded since 1994, helping to strengthen communities, power sports teams, protect the environment, unleash local creative talent and look after the elderly and those at risk.

A wide variety of local projects have received National Lottery funding over the last 25 years:

- Large grants have gone to projects including £6 million to build the National Media Museum.

- £10,000 to the Comfort Bradford project to deliver horticultural activities for young disabled people in the area.

- £5,000 to The Square Chapel Trust to give disadvantaged young people the opportunity to develop and run their own café.

Jonathan Tuchner, from the National Lottery, said: “Since its launch 25 years ago, The National Lottery has changed lives the length and breadth of the UK. As I walk around my neighbourhood, I’m astonished at how many projects and organisations the National Lottery has funded – from helping people who have mental health issues to keeping teenagers out of trouble with free after school clubs”

“It’s all down to local people who choose to do incredible things with National Lottery funding, changing their communities for the better, step by step. I look forward to what we can achieve together over the next 25 years.”

Last year, Fiona Coldron won the Special Achievement Award for her work with her family run charity ‘Something To Look Forward To.’  The charity supports thousands of families affected by cancer and the resulting financial hardship by providing 'gifts' and 'experiences' that have been donated by individuals and businesses.

Fiona says, “As a result of the National Lottery Award, ‘Something To Look Forward To’ has received both local and national press coverage which has resulted in us reaching and supporting more people affected by cancer. We also received new gift and experience donations including a flight in a helicopter as well as long term financial donors, both of which are imperative for our vital service to continue.”

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