Dame Kelly Holmes Trust were once again delighted to be invited to the People's Postcode Lottery's Charity Gala, held at the University of Edinburgh's McEwan Hall. The annual Gala is a celebration of the important work done by the charities which are supported by the players of People's Postcode Lottery.

In 2018 alone, more than £100 Million was awarded to charities working in Britain and beyond and in total, players have now raised more than £404 Million for charities and good causes. Over the last four years, the Trust has received £1.7 million from People's Postcode Lottery, enabling us to work with more young people across the United Kingdom. One of the areas to receive support was Sittingbourne in Kent where our Get on Track programme helped young people back into employment, education and training. 

Laura Chow, head of charities, told the audience that players to date had raised more than £404 million. Addressing the Gala, Laura said:

As you know, these are challenging times and even the smallest, locally-run organisations are having to compete for funding. Never has the support of our players been so important to so many. Who knows, maybe next year this number will be half a billion pounds!

The event was attended by Nicola Sturgeon who presented an award to George and Amal Clooney for their charity, the Clooney Foundation for Justice.

Ben Hilton, CEO of the Trust who attended the evening said: 

We are very grateful for the support of the players of People's Postcode Lottery. The Trust's vision is that every young person has the confidence, resilience and self-esteem to succeed in life and this funding will enable us to help more young people facing disadvantage across the United Kingdom