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National Lottery Celebrates 27th Anniversary in Style

It’s been an important week for the National Lottery. Their 27th anniversary is being celebrated and they’ve called on some famous celebrities to help them.

To mark the National Lottery anniversary, four striking installations have been unveiled around the UK. The anamorphic artworks are the work of arts collective Greyworld. They are inspired by projects that have received National Lottery funding.

Their aim is to “inject hope and encourage communities to imagine what they could achieve with a helping hand from The National Lottery,” said Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive of the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

£30 Million a week

Each week, £30 million is raised for good causes and the chief executive is proud of how the money is used. “We have grants available from £3,000 to £5million. By coming together as communities, and as a nation, we can build, dream and create to change our future for the better and for generations to come.”

The money raised has helped sports, art, heritage, and community sectors. Four words have been used for the project and have been created by an explosion of 636 National Lottery balls. These are: Build, Dreams, Create and Change.

The celebrities involved in these celebrations have been X-Factor winner Alexandra Burke, Olympic cyclist Sir Chris Hoy, Nadine Coyle from Girls Aloud and Love Island winner Liam Reardon.

‘Change’ was unveiled in London by Alexandra Burke. Speaking about the National Lottery, the singer said that its help “really gives so many venues, productions, and artists around the UK the ability to stage the events and performances we love - and have missed - so much.”

Life changing differences

In the past, the singer has performed at the Union Chapel in Islington, London, where she was born. That’s a venue that has received National Lottery funding. She added that such grants “make life-changing differences.”

‘Dreams’ was installed by Nadine Coyle in the Antrim Castle Gardens in Northern Ireland. Sir Chris Hoy unveiled ‘Build’ at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh, Scotland. For Welshman Liam Reardon, he headed to the Millennium Centre in Cardiff to unveil ‘Create’.

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