tackling health inequalities in South East Wales
South Wales charities enjoy Health Lottery Tea Party

Ferndale Skate Park, an indoor skating and recreational facility for young people, and Adamsdown Arts Association, a community arts group in Cardiffa community arts group in Cardiff, attended The Health Lottery Tea Party at the Savoy Hotel in London, hosted by Simon Cowell, where their work in the community was celebrated.

Ferndale Skate Park has received investment of £25,000 while Adamsdown Arts Association has received almost £21,000 from People’s Health Trust, thanks to money raised by HealthControl through The Health Lottery.

The Health Lottery Tea Party celebrated groups and organisations in communities across Great Britain that are helping to make where they live an even better place, and showcased the incredible work that thousands of local people are doing to reduce health inequalities.

The event also celebrated £50 million being raised by society lotteries for good causes through The Health Lottery.

Ruth Challoner, from Ferndale Skate Park, said: “The funding enabled us to totally re-vamp the skate park. The local young people really enjoyed helping plan the new layout and design of the new park and as a result feel a sense of ownership over it. The Park has helped to develop genuine caring relationships between the staff, the young people and their families.”

Ellie Byrne , A3’s Chairperson, said: “The funding has enabled us to reach marginalised and stigmatised groups in our community and engage them in collaborative creative activity.

“Challenging some of the negative ways in which Adamsdown is perceived by others, our project has shown that our community is bursting with creativity, pride and diversity.”

John Hume, Chief Executive, People’s Health Trust, said: "To have raised over £50m in two and half years is incredible. The funding has enabled us to support 1,300 projects across Great Britain.

“With the current financial pressure that many charities are feeling, without this invaluable new source of money, many of the brilliant local projects we have funded would never have seen the light of day."

Simon Cowell, said: "I am involved with lots of charities but rarely do I meet people who actually benefit so it's great to be here today. The fact that The Health Lottery has hit a £50 million target is sensational.

“It takes a driving force to raise millions for charity and Richard Desmond has achieved that in such a short time. Makes us all proud to be British!"

Money raised through the Health Lottery
The Health Lottery scheme manages 51 Society Lotteries that operate in rotation and each represents a different geographical region of Great Britain.
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