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25 Jan 2018

Players helping heritage

A very large group of people stand by a red carpet in a ballroom, all holding large paper cheques above their heads for large sums of money.
People’s Postcode Lottery annual Charity Gala
The Trust is delighted to have attended the 2018 People’s Postcode Lottery annual Charity Gala where it was announced that £93.4 million was awarded to charities and good causes in 2017 – thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

The National Trust for Scotland received an incredible £200,000 in 2017, awarded through the Postcode Earth Trust, thanks to support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery, which allowed us to create two new all-ability trails and a brand new adventure play experience at Culzean Castle & Country Park. These projects have enabled more visitors to experience the Ayrshire estate’s wonderful landscapes and have made heritage even more fun for younger visitors.

The gala was a celebration of the phenomenal achievements of charities working across Great Britain and internationally that are supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. The lottery also took the opportunity to announce an increase to 32% of each ticket sale going directly to good causes. The news of the funding total and increase was shared at the annual event, on Tuesday 23 January 2018, at the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh.

The event was attended by actor Emma Thompson, broadcaster Dermot Murnaghan and TV presenter Fiona Philips. Entertainment on the night was provided by Heather Small.

“Huge thanks to the players of People’s Postcode Lottery who have made these fantastic projects possible at Culzean Castle. Thanks to their support, our charity has made real improvements on the ground which mean even more people can experience and enjoy their heritage.”
Ali MacLeod
Head of Fundraising at the National Trust for Scotland