Players of People’s Postcode Lottery fund more meals for hungry children

Mary’s Meals has been awarded a further financial boost of £25,000 by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

The extra cash was gifted to the charity as part of a £1.425 million giveaway to long-term supported charities. Mary’s Meals is one of 57 charities to receive the extra £25,000 award from players of the charity lottery.
Mary’s Meals founder Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow received the news of the additional funding at the 2016 People’s Postcode Lottery Charity Gala. The event, which took place on Thursday 28 January at the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh, was a celebration of the hard work achieved by charities supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. 

The Gala was attended by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, TV presenter Fiona Philips and Dame Ellen MacArthur. Entertainment on the night was provided by popstar Dionne Bromfield. 

This partnership between Mary’s Meals and People’s Postcode Lottery began in December 2015 when the charity received an initial award of £200,000 from the players to help fund school feeding programmes in Malawi. 

Mary’s Meals sets up community-run school feeding programmes in areas where hunger and poverty prevent children from learning. By providing a daily meal in school, Mary’s Meals attracts hungry children to the classroom and gives them the opportunity to gain an education, which is their best chance of escaping poverty in the future.

Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, CEO and founder of Mary’s Meals, said: “It was a wonderful surprise to be given a further £25,000 from the players of People’s Postcode Lottery, which will allow many more hungry children to benefit from our school feeding programmes.

“The People’s Postcode Lottery is wholeheartedly invested in our vision that every child should receive one daily meal in their place of education, and we’re incredibly thankful to its players for making these generous gifts possible.”

The total cash allocated to Mary’s Meals by players of People’s Postcode Lottery (£225k) will allow the charity to support more than 18,000 hungry children with a daily meal in their place of education for a whole school year.

Clara Govier, Head of Charities at People’s Postcode Lottery, said: “As People’s Postcode Lottery continues to grow the amount that our players award to good causes continues to increase. We are very proud that our players can continue to support the development of these fantastic causes.”

This additional funding comes at a very exciting time for the People's Postcode Lottery, which is marking 10 years since its first ever draw. The last 10 years have created thousands of lucky winners but also have provided vital funding for numerous charities across Great Britain and internationally. A minimum of 27.5% is awarded to charities and good causes with over £99.6 million awarded to date. 

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