£100,000 Christmas present for London charities

£100,000 Christmas present for London charities

• £100,000 has been awarded to six London charities by myLotto24
• Announcement made as part of Local Charities Day
• Funding enables the charities to continue important programmes to combat loneliness and isolation, employability, and mental health

Six London charities were today celebrating after being awarded £100,000 by myLotto24 – the online lottery betting operator.

The early Christmas present, awarded as part of Local Charities Day, provides a much-needed boost to the grassroots organisations whose work collectively reaches more than 3,000 Londoners in four London boroughs.

From coding qualifications, to safe housing for LGBTI asylum seekers, and inter-generational hip-hop dance classes, the two-year funding enables the charities to continue their important programmes combatting loneliness and isolation, employability, and mental ill health in the Capital.

Shenaly Amin, Head of myLotto24 UK,said: “The myLotto24 Good Neighbourhood fund was set-up to support organisations who often fly under the radar but are doing incredible work in London. These six amazing charities are doing just that. Our £100,000 Christmas present helps set them up for the next two years to continue supporting so many Londoners.”

The six charities selected were:

  • Code Your Future – based in Islington. They provide free accredited training courses in coding to disadvantaged groups including refugees and asylum seekers. Awarded: £10,000.
  • North London Cares – based in Islington. Founded by the UK’s only recipient of an Obama Fellowship, they bring together people from different generations to improve local connections and reduce isolation. Awarded: £16,036.
  • Micro Rainbow International – based in Southwark. They provide housing support, employability training and social programmes for LGBTI asylum seekers and refugees – many of whom have fled persecution in their birth countries. Awarded: £20,000.
  • Mental Fight Club – based in Southwark. A user-led organisation providing a community café and wellbeing activities for those with lived experience of mental ill health. Awarded: £20,000.
  • Sound Minds – based in Wandsworth. They help transform the lives of people experiencing mental ill health through participation in arts activities. Awarded: £19,672.
  • SUFRA – based in Brent. They provide a range of services to address extreme poverty, homelessness and social isolation, including a foodbank and community kitchen. Awarded: £20,000.

The charities had another surprise in store when an oversized matador from myLotto24 presented them with their cheques outside the iconic Tower Bridge.

Pictured (left to right): Nora Maddock, Mental Fight Club; Rajesh Makwana, SUFRA; Moud Gouba, Micro Rainbow International; ‘The Fatador’, myLotto24; Mia Morris, Sound Minds; Victoria Buckle, North London Cares; Elias Adam, Code Your Future. (Photo Credits: Kiran Mensah)

The ‘Fatador’ was recently unleashed on London as part of myLotto24’s Spanish Christmas Lottery campaign, where Londoners now have the opportunity to win a share of £2.1 billion by betting on El Gordo – the world’s largest lottery.

Germán Bencci, General Organiser, Code Your Future, said: “A coding qualification is a way into sustainable employment in a job of the future. This award from myLotto24 enables us to continue helping people, whatever their circumstances, to better themselves.”

The myLotto24 Good Neighbourhood fund was set-up in 2014 and has awarded more than £250,000 in grant-funding to 23 London charities spanning 14 boroughs and reaching nearly 10,000 Londoners. It is administered by the London Community Foundation.