Following National Lottery Week in Parliament, I want to thank National Lottery players in Sutton, Cheam and Worcester Park for their role in raising over £30 million every week for good causes, and I would urge more local arts, sports, heritage and community groups to apply for National Lottery funding.

Since the National Lottery started in 1994, £14,416,916 of funding has gone to 295 projects in Sutton, Cheam and Worcester Park. So, while National Lottery funding has already made a massive difference in the area, there is still more money available that could be just the ticket for local sports clubs, and arts, community and heritage groups.

Most people play The National Lottery to win, but the reason it was set up in the first place was to fund good causes. National Lottery players have already helped countless local groups, but so many more could still benefit from funding. For example, it can be used to buy equipment, modernise your facility, train volunteers, make a film, or organise an event, activity or performance. I’d strongly urge everyone involved in something like this to consider applying for National Lottery funding.

National Lottery Week in Parliament raised awareness of the funding available and demonstrated how National Lottery players’ money is changing people’s lives and improving their well-being. National Lottery funding is awarded in Sutton, Cheam and Worcester Park by the Big Lottery Fund, Heritage Lottery Fund, Sport England, Arts Council England, British Film Institute and UK Sport.

Local groups can find out more about National Lottery funding and how to apply for it by visiting their website here.