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The National Lottery funding to support the UK’s response to the coronavirus pandemic has surpassed £1bn. The funding package has helped the sport, heritage, arts and charity sectors across Great Britain and Northern Ireland throughout the past 12 months.

“The National Lottery has contributed enormously to the whole country building back better from the pandemic. This massive £1bn contribution has made a significant difference to the lives of so many by providing critical financial support for our communities in need,” Oliver Dowden, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, said.

“Thanks to the National Lottery’s players, we have been able to offer comprehensive packages of support to thousands of projects throughout the UK over the last year. This funding has helped alleviate some of the significant and unprecedented challenges faced by the community, arts, heritage and sports sectors as a result of the pandemic,” Ros Kerslake, Chair of the National Lottery Forum, said.