Health Lottery pledges to raise £10m for health projects in London by 2016

Richard Desmond, owner of the lottery, will announce the funding commitment during a visit to the Shadwell Community Trust in east London

Health Lottery
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The Health Lottery has pledged to raise £10m to fund community health projects in London by 2016.

Richard Desmond, chairman of the media group Northern and Shell and owner of the Health Lottery, will announce the funding commitment today during a visit to the Shadwell Community Trust in east London with Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London.

The project, which includes an outdoor adventure playground and allotments, received £25,000 in funding from the Health Lottery.

More than £5.5m has been awarded to charities in London since the launch of the lottery in 2011. It is made up of 51 society lotteries that operate under the Health Lottery brand.

The People’s Health Trust awards proceeds from the lottery to charities.

Desmond said: "Whenever I visit a Health Lottery project, whether it is a charity in Dalston set up after the London riots to give young kids media training and the hope of a job, or a project that helps young men with learning difficulties in Tottenham, or – like today – a project that provides a safe and exciting outdoor space for schoolchildren to play and for a community to grow fruit and vegetables, I’m always struck by how life-changing the funding is and how much it can help."

Johnson said: "The Health Lottery has already supported a huge variety of excellent schemes across the capital and the pledge to reach £10m by 2016 means hundreds more schemes such as this one will help Londoners live healthier and, ultimately, happier lives."

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