Dementia Adventure is delighted to announce that players of People’s Postcode Lottery have awarded an extra £1.425 million to long-term supported charities. Dementia Adventure is one of 57 charities that will receive the extra £25,000 award from players of the charity lottery.
Dementia Adventure, a social enterprise based in Chelmsford, Essex, received the news of the additional funding at the 2016 People’s Postcode Lottery Charity Gala. The event, which took place on Thursday 28 January at the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh, was a celebration of the hard work achieved by charities supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. The event was attended by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, TV presenter Fiona Philips and Dame Ellen MacArthur. Entertainment on the night was provided by popstar Dionne Bromfield.
People with dementia can often feel holidays, travel and outdoor activity are no longer available to them. Dementia Adventure specialises in designing and delivering short breaks and holidays for people living with dementia and their carers. The organisation is enormously thankful for the continued support of players of People’s Postcode Lottery which underwrites the cost of these small group, “life changing” holidays by making at least one break a year affordable for most people.
Dementia Adventure Managing Director, Neil Mapes said: “We are extremely grateful to players of People’s Postcode Lottery who are helping to change the way people live with dementia and are understood by society. This extra support will enable us to reach many more people who thought that a holiday together was beyond their hopes.”
Clara Govier, Head of Charities at People’s Postcode Lottery, said: “As People’s Postcode Lottery continues to grow the amount that our players award to good causes continues to increase. We are very proud that our players can continue to support the development of these fantastic causes.”
This additional funding comes at a very exciting time for the charity lottery as they mark 10 years since the first ever draw. The last 10 years have created thousands of lucky winners but also have provided vital funding for numerous charities across Great Britain and internationally. A minimum of 27.5% is awarded to charities and good causes with over £99.6 million awarded to date.