Three lucky National Lottery winners brought a little bit of Christmas cheer to two primary schools in Belfast recently.
The big hearted winners, Martin McKenna, who won £1m on a Millionaire 777 scratchcard, Lauren McLarnon who bagged £100k on a Rainbow scratchcard and Claire Marks who won £250k on a Celebration scratchcard, delivered Christmas trees, decorations and some festive treats to St Claire’s Primary School and Springfield Primary School, in west Belfast.
The schools are part of the Big Lottery Funded, Moving Up Moving On project which is led by the Forthspring Intercommunity Group.
Lottery winner, Martin McKenna, said: “The Forthspring Intercommunity Group carries out some fantastic work in their community and Lauren, Claire and myself, are very happy to recognise that hard work in this small way.
“It was just wonderful to see the children’s faces light up when they saw the Christmas trees and other fun gifts that we’d brought them. And a big thank you to Forthspring Intercommunity Group for allowing Lauren, Claire and myself to visit with them – we hope we were able to get everyone in the mood for Christmas. I’d like to wish all those who work for the project and the whole of Northern Ireland a lucky and prosperous Christmas,” concluded Martin.
The Forthspring Intercommunity Group’s five-year Moving Up Moving On project was awarded £696,933 by the Big Lottery Fund. The project works closely with the pupils and families of St Clare’s Primary School and Springfield Primary School, in the Clonard, Springfield, Woodvale and Shankill areas of west Belfast to improve their life opportunities via a series of family events, homework clubs and language clubs.
Chris O’Halloran from Forthspring Intercommunity Group, said: “A big thank you to the winners for taking time out of their day to visit us and bring some lovely gifts with them. The gifts will provide many hours of fun for the kids, parents and teaching staff this year and for Christmases to come. We’d also like to say thanks once again to the Big Lottery Fund for supporting us and allowing us the opportunity to make a difference to so many people’s lives.”
Each week National Lottery players raise over £34 million for National Lottery projects across the UK. To date more than 450,000 grants have been awarded – an average of 135 grants for every postcode district.
To find out more about Forthspring Intercommunity Group please visit www.forthspring.org.
To find out more about where National Lottery funding goes, visit: www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/