The residents of Dennistoun in the east of Glasgow have extra reason to celebrate the existence of the British National Lottery.
The Explorers Group based in the suburb works to improve the lives of disadvantaged young adults and were holding their normal fortnightly Saturday meeting last month, accompanied by BBC cameras the group thought were filming for a forthcoming documentary. Imagine their surprise therefore when television dancing star Brendan Cole appeared with a cheque of £9980 – a grant from the British National Lottery.
Paul McIlvenny, one of the groups Youth Development Workers, explained how the grant would be used: “This money will allow us to expand the work we do and will allow us to set up a Junior Explorers Group working with young people between 12 and 18 years old. We will also be able to offer a much wider range of activities and buy more equipment to run them. For instance we plan to run a series of ‘How to Cook’ lessons so the young people can learn skills when they begin to think about living more independently.”
Every week more and more good causes are being helped from funds raised by sales of tickets for the UK lottery draw.
Watch a video of the presentation on the National Lottery website.