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Alex celebrates £53m of National Lottery grants in Stockton North over 25 years

The National Lottery is celebrating 25 years since their first draw took place which has seen more than £40 billion awarded to good causes in the areas of arts, sport, heritage and community, with £53 million of this being given between 607 projects in Stockton North.

Stockton North MP Alex Cunningham attended The National Lottery’s 25th Birthday in Parliament last week, where he met with staff from the National Lottery to hear about how their funding had supported projects in Stockton North and beyond.

Examples of the organisations that have received the funding include the Libraries Opportunities for Everyone Innovation Fund which involved building and equipping purpose built spaces with Stockton’s two largest spaces, such as that used for the Dementia Café sessions. Another project funded was ‘A Way Out’, as part of the Women and Girls Initiative that aimed to establish an outreach engagement support services working with young women aged 16-24 at risk of being sexually exploited and involved in prostitution.

Speaking upon hearing the total figure that Stockton North organisations had received, Alex said:

“It is fantastic to hear that projects within Stockton North constituency have received £53 million worth of funding.

“This funding has helped save lives, engaged those at risk of being isolated, and ensured our ability to maintain our heritage and local history. I look forward to see what comes next, and what local organisations continue to do to serve the local community.”