Celebrating The National Lottery’s 25th Birthday!

Since The National Lottery’s first draw took place on 19 November 1994, more than £40 billion has been raised for good causes in the areas of arts, sport, heritage and community. The 25th birthday is a moment to celebrate the extraordinary impact The National Lottery has had on the UK, and to say thank you to National Lottery players for contributing around £30 million to good causes every week.

The National Lottery has made more than 5,500 millionaires but its primary purpose is giving to good causes – over 565,000 individual grants have been awarded across the UK, that’s the equivalent of 200 life-changing projects in every UK postcode district.

Together, thousands of people will post crossed finger selfies on Tuesday 29th October to say a massive collective thank you to the National Lottery players for their colossal contribution to charities and community groups across the UK.

Cerebral Palsy Sport’s ‘Its Ok to Play Project’ has been made possible through funding received from the National Lottery Community Fund.

We want to be able to make it easier for people with Cerebral Palsy and associated physical impairments to access sport and activities, as their siblings and peers do, in school and in the community.

To do this, we will be creating two resources. One for families and the second for education sector and health professionals who work with young people and adults with physical disabilities. The resources will contain key information, helpful ideas and games that will allow for both audiences to support someone with a physical disability to access sport and activity that will result in them leading a happier, healthier life.

The project will allow more people with a physical disability to fulfil their potential as they will be happier, healthier and more confident and feel a part of their community.

Find out more about the Its Okay To Play project here