News News We celebrate players of People’s Postcode Lottery at Gala The evening of 24th January saw us attend the 2017 People’s Postcode Lottery annual Charity Gala where it was announced that £66.3 million was awarded to charities and good causes in 2016 – thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery. We are one of 69 charities that benefitted from this incredible funding with £250,000 received in 2016 alone. The news of the funding total was shared at the annual event, at Prestonfield House in Edinburgh. The Charity Gala celebrated the phenomenal achievements of charities working across Great Britain and internationally that are supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. The event was attended by HRH Prince Charles, Sir David Attenborough, broadcaster Dermot Murnaghan and TV presenter Fiona Philips. Entertainment on the night was provided by Mica Paris and Soul Nation. Jeremy Cripps, Chief Executive of Children North East, said: The Gala was such a fantastic and inspiring event to celebrate the amazing achievements that players of People’s Postcode Lottery have enabled. We want to say a huge thank you to the players for their continued support. Their support has allowed us to help many more children, young people and families across the north east and has helped to keep important and very much needed services going when funding has been difficult to secure. Our counselling service was due to close in March 2016 because Local Authority funding was coming to an end. The support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery meant we could still help young people with mental health issues and secure jobs for our expert counsellors, whilst we applied for other funds. Clara Govier, Head of Charities at People’s Postcode Lottery, said: Our Gala is such a special time in People’s Postcode Lottery’s calendar where we come together and celebrate the incredible amount of money raised by our players and the fantastic work carried out by the supported charities as a result of the support. We continue to be overwhelmed by the incredible support of our players and thank them for their funding.