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A charity which provides school meals to some of the poorest children in the world has received a donation worth £425,000 from the People’s Postcode Lottery.

Recently the People’s Postcode Lottery announced plans to help more charities than ever, with Mary’s Meals being one of them. Scottish based Mary’s Meals works with schools in 15 different countries to help children to gain and education and a healthy meal. The People’s Postcode Lottery donation will pay for more than 9,000 meals for children around the world for an entire school year, and there will be cash left over to help the charity develop.

Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, founder and chief executive of Mary’s Meals, said that the People’s Postcode Lottery have shared in their belief that every child is entitled to both an education and enough to eat. “Together, we are giving hungry children the chance to fulfil their hopes and dreams for the future.” Earlier this year a human rights appeal which supports vulnerable groups in sub-Saharan Africa also received a donation from the People’s Postcode Lottery.

The charity hopes that People’s Postcode Lottery players know how much their subscriptions mean to the children who will receive food today and for many days in the future. “Looking to the future, many more young lives will be transformed by this wonderful gift.”

Local People’s Postcode Lottery players in Dalmally, Argyll, gathered to mark the charity news with Callum Aitken, a spokesperson for the lottery, who said, “It’s incredible that players of the lottery have raised more than £1.2 million to date for Mary’s Meals.”

Some winners of the lottery were also able to meet charity workers to see the impact that the funding has on their work. “Mary’s Meals has gone from strength to strength since its beginnings in Dalmally and everyone at the lottery is humbled to play a part in this charity’s story,” Mr Aitken finished. Recent People’s Postcode Lottery winners include 650 residents from the Cheylesmore area of Coventry whose postcode was named March’s lucky winner, and a couple from Greenock in Scotland who won £30,000 in an April drawing of this lottery and planned for a new car and holidays with their winnings.

Mary’s Meals began by feeding just 200 children in a school in Malawi in 2002, and now it provides meals for over 1.25 million children. Earlier this week we told you about the National Lottery Awards which celebrates charities and good causes which are supported by National Lottery funding.

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