Did you know that over the past 25 years, £3.3 billion has been invested into more than 46,000 good causes in the North West, thanks to National Lottery players? That’s the equivalent of £400,000 per day.

To celebrate this fact, The National Lottery has released a star-studded film inspired by Monty Python entitled ‘What has The National Lottery ever done for us?’. Link here.

Talented illustrator Ruby Taylor has also created a stunning map highlighting some of the key projects and places in the region that have thrived thanks to National Lottery funding.

It’s part of series of nine maps covering each region in England. Together they show many of the projects that The National Lottery has helped fund over the past 25 years, demonstrating the real scale, impact, and breadth of funding in England.

Some of the places showcased include artistic icons Tate Liverpool and The Lowry Centre, as well as Elizabeth Gaskell’s house. Less well known spots don’t miss out: Mount Pavilion & Gardens received £2 million last year to revive the location, and is featured on the map.

There’s also Hadrian’s Wall, supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, and the busy museums of Merseyside Maritime Museum, International Slavery Museum in Liverpool, the Museum of Science + Industry, and Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, both in Manchester.

Over the past 25 years, The National Lottery has invested £647 million into sport across the North West, and both the National Cycling Centre and Sports City/Manchester Commonwealth Games Stadium have received funding.

Dawn Austwick, Chief Executive of The National Lottery Community Fund, said:

“Twenty-five years ago, saw the advent of The National Lottery – today we’re celebrating what is now a national treasure. The money raised for good causes has helped millions of us follow our passions, find a voice and thrive. Whether through art, sport, community, heritage or film, our lives have been touched and changed – thanks to National Lottery players we are all winners.”

Ruby’s beautiful illustrations are a visual reminder of just how much of an impact The National Lottery has had on people and places across the nation. Her down to earth, playful, and charming style was deemed perfect to show the effect that The National Lottery has had on the fabric of life in England. Whether it’s iconic venues, beautiful landscapes, exciting events, or local community groups and charities, The National Lottery has changed lives over its 25 year history – and these images show that.

Ruby says:

“I am thrilled to have been asked to design these maps for The National Lottery’s 25th Birthday. It’s easy to forget just how much of an impact that the money from National Lottery players has on our local communities. It was great fun drawing both well-known buildings and hidden gems, and I hope that people recognise places that matter to them.”

The full list of projects in the North West map are:

Tate Liverpool

The Lowry Centre

The Old Fire Station, Carlisle

Chester Zoo

Merseyside Maritime Museum

Museum of Science + Industry

International Slavery Museum

Hadrian’s Wall

St George’s Hall

Chester Cathedral

Elizabeth Gaskell’s House

Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre

The Mount Pavilion & Gardens

National Cycling Centre

Sports City/Manchester Commonwealth Games Stadium

Discover the positive impact playing the National Lottery has had on your community over the past 25 years by visiting and get involved by using the 25th hashtag: #NationalLottery25


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