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140 Good Causes in Louth supported by National Lottery since 2018

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Pictured are members of the Drogheda and District Support 4 Older People James Carolan and Noel Maher with Norma Thompson outside her home in Drogheda,Co.Louth. Photo Credit: Julien Behal.

The National Lottery saw they have supported 140 Good Causes projects in Louth since 2018, including the Maria Goretti Foundation and Drogheda & District Support 4 Older People (pictured).

Approximately 52,000 people play National Lottery games every week in county Louth with 178 retailers spread across the county.

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Across Ireland, approximately 91% of revenue generated by the National Lottery goes back into the community through prize winnings, funding for Good Causes and retailer commissions.

Drogheda & District Support 4 Older People provides invaluable help to over 500 senior citizens living in Drogheda and the wider south Louth and east Meath areas. Last year, National Lottery Good Causes funding helped to purchase a second-hand van as well as gardening and painting equipment, enabling the group’s volunteers to double their capacity and efficiency.

Across Ireland, approximately 91% of revenue generated by the National Lottery goes back into the community through prize winnings, funding for Good Causes and retailer commissions.

“With an average of 52,000 people in Louth playing National Lottery games every week, a huge amount is raised for local community groups, projects and sports clubs each year,” Nikki Gallagher, Head of Corporate Affairs said. “While it has been a challenging year for such organisations, National Lottery players are responsible for supporting thousands of organisations and groups in towns and villages across Ireland in the areas of Irish Language, Arts, Health and Wellbeing, Heritage, Rural and Community Development, Children and Youth Affairs and Sport.

Around 30c in every €1 is put back into local communities, the National Lottery say, and last year around 4,000 clubs and organisations were supported.

The Maria Goretti Foundation respite centre in Lordship was opened in September 2014. It is built on a one-acre site acquired as a gift from local woman Monica McDermott and is a purpose-built facility with eight bedrooms that operates under the auspices of the HSE and is currently managed by Rehab Care.

When it opened, the foundation applied to the National Lottery for funds to buy a fully adaptable wheelchair minibus, to service the children coming to stay at the centre.

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