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EDP appeal praised by lottery chief

PUBLISHED: 07:42 10 June 2006 | UPDATED: 10:59 22 October 2010

The chief executive of National Lottery organiser Camelot yesterday spelled out how lottery money has helped improve people's lives in Norfolk.

The chief executive of National Lottery organiser Camelot yesterday spelled out how lottery money has helped improve people's lives in Norfolk.

Dianne Thompson met politicians and members of the local media at Reed's in Tombland, Norwich, where she spoke of her concern that people do not realise how many good causes have been helped.

And she said that the EDP's We Care appeal, which helps raise money for the region's unpaid carers, was a "fantastic" example of the kind of good cause that can benefit from lottery funding.

She said: "There has been a massive amount of money come into Norfolk, and specifically Norwich as well. There has been a total of £18.5bn raised by our players which has benefited the length and breadth of the UK, and of that £121m has come into Norwich, and £27m to broader Norfolk.

"There have been larger projects, such as the Forum, but there have also been more than 15,000 grants made in the eastern region.

"I'm not sure people know where lottery money is being spent around the UK. Of every pound that is spent, 28pc goes to good causes. Here in Norfolk there has been £14.5m for the Sportspark at UEA, the Castle Museum received £8m and Norwich Cathedral was given £2.3m for developing the Hostry.

"But in broader Norfolk, for example, Cringleford Scout Group got £25,000 and All Hallows Hospital [at Ditchingham] got £26,000 for a minibus to transfer day-care patients who would otherwise have had to use a

bus."

Ms Thompson stressed that Camelot was only in charge of organising the various forms taken by the National Lottery but had no say in how the money is allocated - that job was carried out by the Big Lottery Fund.

She said: "How the money is spent is nothing to do with us and we tend to get to hear about it through the media."

But she hailed the EDP's We Care appeal as the kind of project that fits the criteria for what she considers a good use of lottery money.

She said: "We like to see lottery money making a difference to local communities and if that will make a difference then I think that's fantastic."

The We Care appeal received £100,000 from the Big Lottery Fund last year, having previously been turned down for a bid for £300,000, which would have helped it reach its £1m target. The donation is being spent on washing machines, tumble dryers, wheelchair power packs and computers, which can help make a major difference to those who care for loved ones.

For more information about We Care, see www.wecareappeal.co.uk


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