United by numbers: 25 things that wouldn’t exist if not for the National Lottery
| 17th October 2019
Other national treasures to benefit from lottery grants include the movie Bend it Like Beckham and gold medal-winning Olympians Victoria Pendleton and Sir Chris Hoy.
The list has been brought together in a new piece of modern art by world-renowned artist David Mach.
He was commissioned to create a mural to celebrate the start of eight weeks of celebrations for The National Lottery’s 25th birthday.
The artwork features a mix of famous and lesser-known national treasures brought together in one image to represent The National Lottery’s impact on life in the UK over the last 25 years – across sports, film, heritage, the arts, and community projects.
It includes the Morecambe Brass Band, one of the first projects to ever receive National Lottery funding; and Idris Elba, who made his directorial debut in 2018 with Yardie thanks to help from the organisation.
David Mach said: “For the past 25 years, there is barely a part of our cultural, sporting and community life that has not been positively influenced by National Lottery funding.
“As someone who is involved in charities and institutions, and has artwork commissioned from National Lottery funding, I know the impact it has had on the UK.
“I wanted to help people to get a sense of this impact with this artwork through 25 stories and to have it shown on a local high street for anyone to view is fitting.”
Other beneficiaries of lottery funding over the last quarter-century include Tracey Emin, Rio Ferdinand, Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson, Betty Webb and a World War Two codebreaker from Bletchley Park.
The artwork, titled ‘United By Numbers: The National Lottery at 25’ was exhibited for the day in the window of Booth & Howarth on Mauldeth Road, Manchester, a shop that has been selling National Lottery tickets for 25 years.
2. Katerina Johnson-Thompson and Dina Asher Smith
Katarina Johnson-Thompson won the gold medal at the 2019 World Championships, breaking the British record. This ranks her sixth on the all-time heptathlon lists. Dina Asher Smith is the fastest British woman in recorded history. She is the 2019 World Champion at 200 metres, the 2016 and 2018 European champion at 200 metres and the 2018 European champion at 100 metres.
3. 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. The InYourCorner project has received almost £600,000 of funding through The National Lottery.
4. Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson
One of the UK’s greatest Paralympic athletes, Tanni Grey-Thompson, amassed a remarkable medal haul over 16 years. Over her career she won a total of 16 Paralympic medals, including 11 golds, held over 30 world records and won the London Marathon six times between 1992 and 2002.
5. 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. Dementia Dogs have received £314,000 of funding through The National Lottery.
6. The Hendrix Flat
The legendary rock guitarist’s flat at 23 Brook Street, London was permanently restored thanks to £1.2 million in funding from The National Lottery in 2014.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. Morecambe Brass Band
One of the first-ever projects to receive National Lottery funding. The band was set up by Bernard Vause and is still going strong to this day. Morecambe Brass Band received £47,566 of funding through The National Lottery – they still play with the 24 brass instruments they bought with that funding.
10. 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 Community Fund. Eden Project have received £60 million of funding through The National Lottery.
11. Giant’s Causeway
The National Lottery Heritage Fund supported the building of a Visitor Centre at the Giant’s Causeway that provides a beautiful view of the North Coast landscape and facilities. Giant’s Causeway Visitor Centre has received £3 million of funding through The National Lottery.
12. Ray and Barbara Wragg
After winning £7.6m on The National Lottery, Ray and Barbara Wragg are some of the most generous winners after giving away £5.5m, mostly to charities in Sheffield.
13. ‘We’re Here Because We’re Here’ soldiers’
We’re Here Because We’re Here, by Jeremy Deller, was just one part of a large scale cultural programme marking the Centenary of the First World War. The National Lottery invested £15 million over five years for this programme overall.
14. 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.
15. Gurinder Chadha
English film director whose film ‘Bend it Like Beckham’, starring Keira Knightley in her break out role, has become one of the UK’s best loved films and is just one example of the films funded with National Lottery funding through the BFI, awarded £945,000.
16. Jodrell Bank
Supported by The National Lottery, the First Light Project conserves the heritage of Jodrell Bank for future generations, thanks to £12.1 million of funding from The National Lottery.
17. 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. Home-Start have received over £1 million of funding through The National Lottery.
18. Ewan McGregor
Actor who featured in Trainspotting 2, one of the first productions to benefit from Creative Scotland’s Production Growth Fund of £500,000 supported by The National Lottery.
19. 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. The Rio Ferdinand Project have received £668,000 of funding through The National Lottery.
The National Lottery has supported projects across the country exploring the history of the suffragette movement, including the 2015 film, Suffragette (£1m); The Face of Suffrage artwork and the East End suffragettes project.
21. Idris Elba
Award-winning actor, writer and producer. With the help of £1m National Lottery funding he made his directorial debut in 2018 with ‘Yardie’.
22. Betty Webb
Betty is a 96 year-old veteran of Bletchley Park. In 2011, The National Lottery helped restore the decaying wartime huts in which Betty and other codebreakers worked. Bletchley Park have received £5 million of funding through The National Lottery.
23. The Principality Stadium
Ahead of the 1999 Rugby World Cup, £46 million of National Lottery funding was secured to build Cardiff’s iconic stadium.
24. 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 significantly supported parkrun to allow communities to benefit from free, weekly, social activity in open spaces. Parkrun have received over £3 million of funding through The National Lottery.
25. Krystal Lowe
Dancer for Ballet Cymru, which received funding from The National Lottery allowing them to expand its outreach work with local communities. Ballet Cymru have received around £930,000 of funding through The National Lottery.