The first cheques from the Health Lottery for Scottish charities were presented by tv’s Gail Porter at Kennyhill community allotments in Riddrie this week.
Launched only this month, the Health Lottery will have £5 million a year to give out. The initial lucky recipients were: BTCV’s Green Gym programme (£27,932) Enable Gateway Centre, South Scotland ( £39,977) WRVS transport and shopping services in the Borders (£22,548) and North and South Ayrshire Carers Centre (£46,801).
This first allocation of money is set to reduce isolation, support informal carers – particularly young adults – and encourage local projects that create healthier environments in communities. Said Gail: ‘I’m particularly pleased to help the young carers – my brother was one. But I’m really happy to make sure that the first lot of money raised from Health Lottery ticket sales has gone directly and immediately into the hands of people who can really benefit.’
The BTCV’s Green Gym promotes improved physical and mental health by helping people access green space. The Ayrshire Carers’ Centre is run by Unity Enterprise and the Princess Royal Trust for Carers and provides a place for carers to drop in and find help and company. The WRVS group in the Borders provides services and support to isolated residents. And Enable Gateway promotes the health and well-being of people with a learning disability through developing new skills.