Bluebells at Moss Valley by Amy Hattersley

Thank You’ to National Lottery players for making it possible

Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust has received £50,000 from The National Lottery Heritage Fund to help address the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on heritage. 

Since the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown began Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust have continued to care for their network of nature reserves that provide such vital respite for users, boosting health and wellbeing and providing much needed access to nature.

Cathy Slater, Head of Engagement and Fundraising at Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust said: “Thanks to the National Lottery and its players we can now continue to protect wildlife and its habitats across our area, working to create a network for nature, inspire children and communities, and ensure wildlife has a voice now and for many years to come. We’re grateful that The National Lottery Heritage Fund is supporting us at this crucial time – it’s a lifeline to us and others who are passionate about sustaining heritage for the benefit of all.”

The funding, made possible by National Lottery players, was awarded through The National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Heritage Emergency Fund. £50million has been made available to provide emergency funding for those most in need across the heritage sector.

The UK-wide fund will address both immediate emergency actions and help organisations to start thinking about recovery.

Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive of The National Lottery Heritage Fund, said: “Heritage has an essential role to play in making communities better places to live, supporting economic regeneration and benefiting our personal wellbeing. All of these things are going to be even more important as we emerge from this current crisis.

“Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players we are pleased to be able to lend our support to organisations such as Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust during this uncertain time.”

Like Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust, other charities and organisations across the UK that have been affected by the unprecedented impact of the coronavirus outbreak are being given access to a comprehensive package of support of up to £600 million of repurposed money from The National Lottery. This money is supporting some of the most vulnerable people in our communities and span the arts, community, charity, heritage, education, environment and sports sectors.

Thanks to National Lottery players, £30 million is raised every week for good causes, including heritage of local and national importance. By playing The National Lottery, people up and down the country are making an amazing contribution to the nationwide-response to combatting the impact of COVID-19 on local communities across the UK.

The National Lottery Heritage Fund is currently open to applications for its Heritage Emergency Fund. To find out more visit here.

To find out more about the National Lottery Good Causes , visit here.


Bluebells at Moss Valley, © Amy Hattersley
Wyming Brook © Rob Miller