Meningitis Now staff member Andy Hopkinson

Meningitis Now wish the National Lottery a very happy birthday!

Andy Hopkinson | 19th November 2019

We’d like to wish many happy returns to The National Lottery – which celebrates its 25th birthday on 19 November

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Here at Meningitis Now we’re big fans of the National Lottery Good Causes. Over the years they’ve committed well over £1.1 million to our ongoing work fighting back against meningitis.

Among the projects they’ve supported are:

  • Our Meningococcal Outcomes Study in Adolescents and in Children (MOSAIC) research at UCL (University College London). We commissioned unique research to ascertain the true impact of the meningococcal B strain of the disease. The MOSAIC findings informed an Education Campaign, highlighting the impact of meningitis on learning, with a petition and a reception at the Houses of Parliament. This in turn helped to get the Men B vaccine introduced for newborn babies. Read more on MOSAIC;
  • Our Creative Therapies, such as music and art, for children affected by meningitis. These are now included in our recently-launched Rebuilding Futures Fund;
  • Our Rebuilding Futures event in 2018, for adults living with the impact of meningitis.
  • Supporting our work in Northern Ireland;
  • Our new films for our Student Awareness campaign promoting ACWY vaccination, featuring Tim Mason’s family;
  • And last, but by no means least, our innovative Believe and Achieve programme for young people. This has been awarded nearly £500,000 over five years and we are currently in year three of the grant.

£40 billion for good causes

Since The National Lottery's first draw took place on 19 November 1994, more than £40 billion has been raised for good causes in the areas of arts, sport, heritage and community.

The 25th birthday is a moment to celebrate the extraordinary impact The National Lottery has had on the UK, and to say thank you to National Lottery players for contributing around £30 million to good causes every week.

Since Noel Edmonds (remember him?) hosted that first draw after weeks of excitement and fanfare in 1994.over 565,000 individual grants have been awarded across the UK. That’s the equivalent of 200 life-changing projects in every UK postcode district.

Friend and long-term supporter

Our slice of the overall National Lottery pie is of course just a small but very important one. We’ve seen the benefits it can bring to those who need our support. 

Sarah Ramsay, our Partnerships Team Manager, said, “The National Lottery has been such a good friend and long-term supporter of our work."

“We’re really grateful to them – and to all of you who play the lottery week in and week out and help make these amazing things happen – for all the support over the years. It’s really made a huge difference, particularly to those we support who have been impacted by meningitis but also in helping to raise awareness."

“We hope there will be much more to come and new partnerships and projects to shout about."

“Happy birthday, National Lottery, and we look forward to celebrating your next landmark birthday with you as a proud member of the National Lottery family.”

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