We received an incredible £250,000 in 2017 from players of people’s postcode lottery, which allowed us to increase our holidays by 50%, offering 157 places to people living with dementia, and their carers, to go on supported holidays, to get outside and connect with nature and themselves.
The help that players of People’s Postcode Lottery have given us over the last 4 years has been hugely significant in our continued growth and ability to help more people with dementia live better lives. Their support directly helps us to keep the cost of short-breaks affordable for more people and allowing them access to the outdoors in a meaningful way.
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.
It was a moving event hearing how various charities were making a difference in people’s lives, thanks to their funding. It was also a fun evening, attended by Actor Emma Thompson, broadcaster Dermot Murnaghan and TV presenter Fiona Philips. Entertainment on the night was provided by Heather Small.
Kath Vale, Fundraiser at Dementia Adventure said:
“It was such a fantastic night. Inspiring to be surrounded by so many talented and passionate people from the charity sector. It just makes you want to do more!”
Neil Mapes, CEO at Dementia Adventure said:
“We again thank players of People’s Postcode Lottery for their amazing support. We know our holidays are enhancing quality of life – our activities focus on being positive and happy. This in turn builds confidence in carers and people with dementia to get outdoors and try new things resulting in feeling more included in their communities, more able to continue living independently at home and ultimately having a better life with dementia.”