A national charity based in South West London received a huge funding boost this week, announced at the 2018 People’s Postcode Lottery annual Charity Gala. In total, £93.4 million was awarded to charities and good causes on the night – thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery.
UK charity Missing People, which runs the only national helpline dedicated to supporting missing people and their families, received £850,000 in 2017. Funds raised by players allowed the charity to keep their specialist helpline running 24 hours a day, providing round the clock emotional and practical support to vulnerable people who were away from home or thinking of leaving, and to the families left behind.
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, at the Royal Botanic Gardens 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.
Ross Miller, Director of Fundraising and Communication at Missing People said “Seeing the difference players of People’s Postcode Lottery make to some incredible causes and projects all over the UK is truly humbling.
Missing People is absolutely delighted to have received such a generous donation which will help us continue to keep our lights on and our crisis lines open. It’s so important that this lifeline is available day and night throughout the year, and this funding plays a huge part in making this happen, so on behalf of everyone at Missing People, thank you to players.”