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Representatives from Leicester Cobras Wheelchair Basketball Club were amongst the special guests at an event hosted by Simon Cowell on Thursday 28 March.

Chairman Ian Trott, Coach Steve Gill and club members Helen Tolley and George Bates attended The Health Lottery Tea Party at Claridge's to help celebrate £32 million of new good causes funding raised by society lotteries through The Health Lottery.

The event was attended by celebrities and representatives from local charity projects that have been funded by People's Health Trust. The Trust uses the good causes money to support people in disadvantaged communities to grow up, live, work and age well.

Leicester Cobras Wheelchair Basketball Club received £10,000 of funding from People's Health Trust – using money raised by HealthBelief through The Health Lottery. The new funding has enabled them to run a wheelchair basketball 'roadshow', across schools and colleges, aimed at encouraging take up of the sport by disabled and able bodied youngsters. This should lead to increased fitness and reduced isolation for local disabled young people in particular.

Ian Trott, chairman of Leicester Cobras Wheelchair Basketball Club, said: "It was an honour to be invited along to The Health Lottery's Easter Tea Party, to be there alongside and recognised in front of all those celebrities was very exciting. We are extremely grateful for the funding from People's Health Trust. It has given the club an opportunity to showcase and promote ourselves to lots of disabled young people in Leicester who haven't had the chance to get involved in sport previously."

George Bates (19), club member at Leicester Cobras Wheelchair Basketball Club, said: "Going to The Health Lottery Tea Party was really exciting and I had a great time, getting to meet the likes of Simon Cowell was amazing.

"I learnt at 14 that I wasn't going to be able to run around again and I was devastated, learning about Leicester Cobras and that I could still play a sport saved me! The money from People's Health Trust has given others, who may be in a similar position I was, a chance to be part of a team, make friends and keep fit."

John Hume, chief executive of People's Health Trust, said: "Without a doubt, the society lotteries and The Health Lottery are one of the highest profile and most successful new sources of funding that the charity sector has seen in years. It is innovative, fresh and it's desperately needed. It's hard to believe how much has been raised already.

"Communities, charities, local groups and local people are experiencing some of the hardest times at the moment. It is at times like this, with massive public sector cuts, that people turn to their local community groups and charities."

So far, more than 500 charities and community groups and over 50,000 people have already benefitted from the new funding raised through The Health Lottery.

Money raised through the Health Lottery
The Health Lottery scheme manages 51 Society Lotteries that operate in rotation and each represents a different geographical region of Great Britain.
 
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