Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, has attended a reception in Parliament to celebrate the good causes that the Big Lottery Fund supports.

The Big Lottery Fund is responsible for distributing 40 per cent of all funds raised for good causes (about 11 pence of every pound spent on a Lottery ticket) by the National Lottery – around £670 million last year.

Since June 2004 it has awarded over £9 billion to projects supporting health, education, environment and charitable purposes, these range from early years intervention to commemorative travel funding for World War Two veterans.

Emma said, “I was delighted to attend the reception and meet representatives of the Big Lottery Fund to learn more about the good causes it is supporting in my constituency. In the last five years alone, Wolverhampton North East has benefited from over £1.2 million of Lottery funding. This includes grants to the Fordhouses Technology Club which helps to improve older people’s knowledge of technology and a programme to provide activities for children with special needs and disabilities.

“I want to thank the Big Lottery Fund for the work it does in supporting these good causes which makes a huge difference to the lives of many people in Wolverhampton.”