National Memorial Arboretum is most popular National Lottery funded venue in England

first_imgNational Memorial Arboretum is most popular National Lottery funded venue in England The National Memorial Arboretum, the UK’s centre of remembrance, has been voted the favourite ‘National Treasure’ in England which has received National Lottery Funding over the last 20 years.The public vote, via Facebook, attracted over 66,000 votes in May 2014. The Eden Project in Cornwall came second, and The Beamish Museum in County Durham third. The public was asked to choose their favourite from a range of iconic venues, landmarks and facilities that have benefited from Lottery funding.The Arboretum, part of The Royal British Legion family of charities, has received more than £8 million of National Lottery funding. Containing over 300 memorials, including the Armed Forces Memorial, it welcomes some 300,000 visitors a year.Sarah Montgomery, managing director of the National Memorial Arboretum, said:“The National Lottery has played a significant role in our development and we’re now truly honoured that the public has chosen us as their favourite place. Our visitors come from all walks of life, and we now welcome over 10,000 school children every year”.The online poll also invited the public to name an individual ‘National Treasure’ for their work for charity. Actor and author Stephen Fry topped the poll for his work as President of mental health charity, Mind, and Patron of Norwich Playhouse Theatre, which have both received Lottery funding.The shortlisted individuals were Rizzle Kicks (trained at AudioActive), Esther Rantzen (founder of The Silver Line Helpline), Colin Firth (star of Lottery-funded film The King’s Speech) and Jess Ennis-Hill (Lottery-funded Olympian). Advertisement  48 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 20 years of the National LotteryThe poll result was announced to mark the 20th anniversary of the first National Lottery draw, which took place on 19 November 1994. Since then players have raised over £32 billion for more than 430,000 projects across the UK.Over £53 billion has been paid out in prizes and more than 3,600 millionaires created so far. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Tagged with: Celebrity National Lottery Howard Lake | 17 November 2014 | Newslast_img

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