Players of People’s Postcode Lottery support The Prince’s Countryside Fund

January 17, 2017

The Prince’s Countryside Fund has received £342,000 from the players of the People’s Postcode Lottery. The award, which was announced this week, forms part of a larger donation of £850,000 from players of the People’s Postcode Lottery to The Prince of Wales’s Charitable Foundation.

As one of The Prince’s charities, The Prince’s Countryside Fund will use the money to directly support up to 10 isolated rural villages to deliver vital community services. People living in rural communities can often feel isolated with limited access to services. With an ageing population and poor transport links this can result in poor physical and mental health. By supporting the provision of new services, developed by the communities involved, the funding will help reinvigorate local networks of support and create a lasting legacy and improve community spirit.

Claire Saunders, director of The Prince’s Countryside Fund, said: “Through our grant programme, we’ve seen first-hand the transformation of rural communities where local people have taken on the challenge of setting up village shops, pubs and cafes to tackle local issues such as loneliness and isolation. That is why we’re thrilled to be able to use the grant to support a further 10 communities and would like to thank the players of the People’s Postcode Lottery for this vital support”.

Since HRH The Prince of Wales launched The Prince’s Countryside Fund in 2010 it has provided grants directly to 23 rural communities and helped support a further 197 with advice, information and guidance to deliver community services.