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New artwork celebrates the impact you’ve helped make during 25 years of National Lottery

This November marks 25 years since the launch of The National Lottery and to celebrate world-renowned artist, David Mach RA, has unveiled a new piece of modern art.

The artwork – ‘United By Numbers: The National Lottery at 25’ – features a mix of famous and lesser-known national treasures including people, places, projects and icons that have been part of the extraordinary things which have been made possible by you, players of The National Lottery.

From the Morecambe Brass Band, one of the first projects to ever receive National Lottery funding; to Idris Elba, one of the Governors for The National Lottery funded British Film Institute; to Tracey Emin, Rio Ferdinand, Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson, Betty Webb, a World War Two codebreaker from Bletchley Park and more.

The impressive line-up features against a backdrop of National Lottery funded venues, including The Kelpies, Jodrell Bank, The Principality Stadium and Giant’s Causeway, composed in David Mach’s signature style. All of these individuals and places have one thing in common: they have all been positively impacted by The National Lottery over the past 25 years.

Key to ‘United By Numbers: The National Lottery at 25’

  • The Kelpies – The world's largest equine sculptures in Falkirk's Helix Park were designed by Andy Scott and funded by The National Lottery.
  • Katerina Johnson-Thompson and Dina Asher Smith – Gold medal winners as part of the Great Britain and N.I Team at 2019 World Athletics Championships, both are supported by National Lottery funding.
  • Courtney Cooper – Courtney is from Monkstown Boxing Club in Northern Ireland whose #INYOURCORNER project helps improve the health, well-being and employability of young people in the area, with funding from The National Lottery
  • Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson – One of the greatest athletes in history and winner of 11 Paralympic gold medals, received National Lottery funding during her career.
  • Dementia Dogs Project – The National Lottery has supported the Dementia Dogs Project, which helps those caring for loved ones with early stage dementia by providing assistance dogs in Scotland.
  • The Hendrix Flat – The legendary rock guitarist’s flat at 23 Brook Street, London was permanently restored thanks to a grant from The National Lottery in 2014.
  • James Nesbitt – Star of the film Bloody Sunday, patron of WAVE Trauma, Action Cancer, and Big Telly Company; and Chancellor of Ulster University – all recipients of National Lottery funding.
  • Sir Chris Hoy and Victoria Pendleton – Gold medal-winning Olympians whose careers culminated at London 2012; the Games that would not have been possible without National Lottery funding.
  • Morecambe Brass Band – One of the first-ever projects to receive National Lottery funding back in 1994. Funding was secured by Bernard Vause and the band is still going strong to this day.
  • Sir Tim Smit – Founder of the popular Eden Project and The Big Lunch, which were both made possible thanks to funding from The National Lottery.
  • Giant’s Causeway – The National Lottery supported the building of a Visitor Centre at the Giant's Causeway that provides a beautiful view of the North Coast landscape and facilities.
  • Ray and Barbara Wragg – After winning £7.6Million on The National Lottery, Ray and Barbara Wragg are some of the most generous winners after giving away £5.5Million, mostly to charities in Sheffield.
  • ‘We’re Here Because We’re Here’ soldiers (also far right) – This artwork, devised by Jeremy Deller and principally funded by The National Lottery, saw 1,400 volunteers dressed in First World War uniform appearing at locations across the UK on 1st July 2016 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme.
  • Tracey Emin – Tracey Emin’s artwork has been exhibited at National Lottery funded galleries across the country, including at The Turner Contemporary Art Gallery in her hometown of Margate.
  • Gurinder Chadha – English film director whose film ‘Bend it Like Beckham’ has become one of the UK’s best loved films and is just one example of the films funded by The National Lottery.
  • Jodrell Bank – Supported by The National Lottery, the First Light Project conserves the heritage of Jodrell Bank for future generations.
  • Edna Smith – A volunteer for 15 years with the National Lottery funded charity Home-start. Edna has helped hundreds of families recover from post-natal depression.
  • Ewan McGregor – Actor who featured in Trainspotting 2, one of the first productions to benefit from Creative Scotland’s Production Growth Fund, supported by The National Lottery.
  • Rio Ferdinand – Pundit and former England footballer whose ‘Rio Ferdinand Foundation’, which exists to help tackle social issues, is part-funded by The National Lottery.
  • Suffragettes – The National Lottery has supported projects across the country exploring the history of the suffragette movement, including the 2015 film, Suffragette; The Face of Suffrage artwork and the East End suffragettes project.
  • Idris Elba – Award-winning actor, producer and governor for the BFI. With the help of National Lottery funding, he made his directorial debut in 2018 with Yardie.
  • Betty Webb – Betty is a 96 year-old veteran of Bletchley Park. In 2011, The National Lottery helped restore the decaying huts in which Betty and other codebreakers worked.
  • The Principality Stadium – Ahead of the 1999 Rugby World Cup, National Lottery funding was secured to build Cardiff’s iconic stadium.
  • Paul Sinton-Hewitt – Founder of parkrun, the free weekly 5K runs open to all enjoyed by over 2 million people across the UK, National Lottery funding has supported parkrun to allow communities to benefit from free, weekly, social activity in open spaces.
  • Krystal Lowe – Dancer for Ballet Cymru, which received funding from The National Lottery allowing them to expand its outreach work with local communities.

11th October 2019

For 25 years The National Lottery has been changing the lives of winners and supporting good causes across the UK. Since November 19th 1994 there have been 5,500 new millionaires created and over £40 billion has been given to good causes across the UK.

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