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National Lottery Celebratory Image unveiled at Falkirk Wheel!

Chloe Glen from youth charity Fixers has unveiled The National Lottery’s Celebratory Image which illustrates the different ways that Lottery funding has changed lives in Scotland.

The Celebratory Image, a giant artwork that depicts over 150 people from 50 Lottery-funded projects, was created to mark the 20th anniversary of The National Lottery. It showcases the variety of Lottery-funded projects including Chloe’s UK-wide charity Fixers and The Kelpies, which were built with £25 million of National Lottery funding.

The image will be on show at the Falkirk Wheel, a lottery-funded venue, until the end of the year before the artwork continues on its nationwide tour.

“National Lottery funding was fundamental to ensuring that The Helix went ahead. Without it, ourselves and Falkirk Council would never have been able to transform 350 hectares of derelict land into an eco park with two towering equine sculptures at its heart that have been embraced by local people and visitors alike.”

Josie Saunders, Head of Corporate Affairs, Scottish Canals

Fixers, like Chloe from Stirling, are young people using their past to fix the future. Chloe was chosen to feature in the Celebratory Image because she lit up people’s lives through a series of good gestures in Scotland. The inspiration for the campaign came from another Fixer, Stephen Sutton, who sadly died in 2014, aged 19, following a three-and-a half year battle with cancer.

Chloe was overjoyed to see herself in the finished image. She said: “The National Lottery’s Celebratory Image is not only a stunning artwork, but it also highlights the incredible work that the people behind the projects do on an epic scale. It was a real honour to be chosen to represent the work of Fixers. Without the vital support of Lottery players projects like mine might not have got off the ground.”

Jackie O’Sullivan, from the National Lottery, said: “National Lottery players have raised £2.7 billion for more than 55,000 projects in Scotland since it began in 1994. The Celebratory Image highlights the breadth and variety of funding available to people in Scotland.

“We are very excited to take the art piece on a tour of incredible Lottery-funded projects across the UK, including the Falkirk Wheel. Hopefully the art work will inspire the public to apply for Lottery funding.”

Josie Saunders, Head of Corporate Affairs at Scottish Canals, said: “National Lottery funding was fundamental to ensuring that The Helix went ahead. Without it, ourselves and Falkirk Council would never have been able to transform 350 hectares of derelict land into an eco park with two towering equine sculptures at its heart that have been embraced by local people and visitors alike.”

Notes to Editors

  • National Lottery players have raised more than £34 billion for arts, education, environment, health, heritage, sport and voluntary projects across the UK since 1994. To find out more about National Lottery funded projects and how to access funding visit www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk
  • To date, more than 17,700 Fixers from Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland have started – and are continuing – over 1,970 unique projects. Fixers is a project of the Public Service Broadcasting Trust which received National Lottery funding of £7 million in 2012. For more information visit www.fixers.org.uk/
  • The Helix, featuring The Kelpies, is an ambitious project transforming the landscape between Falkirk and Grangemouth into a thriving environmental community. Its vision is to create sustainable ‘living connection’ by providing access to 350 hectares of new greenspace and woodlands. In 2007 the project became the largest National Lottery-funded project in Scotland with a grant of £25 million. For more information visit www.thehelix.co.uk
  • The Falkirk Wheel was opened in 2002 as part of The Millennium Link, a £78 million project that restored Scotland’s inland waterways to a navigable state for the first time since the 1960s. The Wheel replaced a flight of 11 locks that once stepped the Union Canal down to the level of the Forth & Clyde over a distance of 1.5 kilometres and took more than a day to traverse. The Falkirk Wheel allows vessels to transit between the two waterways in just a few minutes.  For more information visit www.scottishcanals.co.uk/falkirk-wheel

For further information please contact Kirstie Cusick on 0141 242 1414/07825 823945 or email kirstie.cusick@lotterygoodcauses.org.uk

Photo credit: Alan Peebles

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