Support from People’s Postcode Lottery celebrated at gala event

Friday, 27 January 2017 People hold up signsRoyal Voluntary Service is delighted to have attended the 2017 People’s Postcode Lottery annual Charity Gala where it was announced that £66.3 million was awarded to charities and good causes in 2016 - thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

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Royal Voluntary Service is one of 69 charities that benefitted from this incredible funding in 2016 with £2.38m received in 2016 alone.

The news of the funding total was shared at the annual event, on Tuesday 24 January, at Prestonfield House in Edinburgh. The Charity Gala celebrated the phenomenal achievements of charities working across Great Britain and internationally that are supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

The event was attended by HRH Prince Charles, Sir David Attenborough, broadcaster Dermot Murnghan and TV presenter Fiona Philips. Entertainment on the night was provided by Mica Paris and Soul Nation.

Support received from players of People's Postcode Lottery is helping Royal Voluntary Service to provide schemes like Good Neighbours across the country. Good Neighbours schemes recruit, train and support volunteers to provide company and friendship to older people, helping to reduce the isolation that many older people experience. As well as being a companion, our volunteers support older people to continue to take part in the activities they've always enjoyed, for example by helping them to get to clubs or visit friends.

"The Gala is a great opportunity to celebrate the funds raised by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. We are very grateful for their support which has enabled us to reach thousands of older people across Great Britain."

Karl Demian, Director of Strategy & Development

"Our Gala is such a special time in People’s Postcode Lottery’s calendar where we come together and celebrate the incredible amount of money raised by our players and the fantastic work carried out by the supported charities as a result of the support. We continue to be overwhelmed by the incredible support of our players and thank them for their funding."

Clara Govier, Head of Charities at People’s Postcode Lottery

For further information

Royal Voluntary Service is one of the largest volunteering charities in Britain powered by more than 35,000 volunteers who regularly provide practical help to over 100,000 older people in their homes, communities and in hospitals.

To become a local volunteer search for volunteering opportunities in your area. Or help make a difference by making a secure online donation.

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