The Scottish Children’s Lottery has announced it has raised £3 million to support children in every corner of Scotland.
Funding generated by the charitable lottery supports children and young people’s charities working in all 32 local authorities.
There is a focus on four key areas: early years’ intervention, education and health, employment skills and employability, and community development and citizenship.
To celebrate the achievement, the Scottish Children’s Lottery visited Edinburgh charity The Yard, which provides creative play experiences for disabled children and young people, to meet with some of the families that will benefit from the support.
Kirsteen Campbell is trustee of Chance to Connect, which operates as a society lottery under the Scottish Children’s Lottery.
She said: “To have raised as much as £3 million for charities in Scotland is just fantastic and I’m delighted that our support is now reaching every local authority in the country.
“We are very grateful to those who play the Scottish Children’s Lottery - thanks to their generosity we can continue to support good causes and help give as many children as possible the very best start in life.”
Since the launch of the Scottish Children's Lottery in 2016, nearly 200 awards ranging from £1,000 to £50,000 have been distributed to support the development and potential of children and young people in Scotland.
Some of the charities supported by the Scottish Children’s Lottery in 2018 include The Yard in Edinburgh, Fife and Dundee (£31,022), Moving On Employment Project in Shetland (£20,000), Balivanich Community Leisure Area Group on the Isle of Benbecula (£21,653), Home-Start Wigtownshire in Dumfries & Galloway (£15,204) and Belville Community Garden Trust in Greenock (£24,000).
Charities that support children in Scotland can apply online for Scottish Children’s Lottery funding.