The National Lottery is 20 years old next week and figures just released reveal that it has invested more than £40 million in King’s Lynn and West Norfolk projects since the first draw on November 19, 1994.
A total of 854 grants have been awarded to individuals and organisations across West Norfolk helping to change lives and transform communities.
The largest grant was £3.9 million to West Norfolk Council for the restoration of The Walks, ensuring local communities and visitors have continued access to open spaces
The smallest was £130 to Feltwell Social Club to arrange a tea dance to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of VE Day.
The first National Lottery grant was £2.2 million to help convert the Corn Exchange into a concert venue.
Other Lottery-funded projects in the area include St Nicholas’ Chapel in Lynn, which has been given from £2.3 million.
Jackie O’Sullivan, from the National Lottery, said: “In 20 years, The National Lottery has helped transform life in King’s Lynn and West Norfolk for the better, creating iconic cultural landmarks, empowering communities and developing world class sporting talent.
“National Lottery funding has improved people’s health, preserved our rich heritage and created a better future for all. In addition to all the projects that have benefited, thousands of individuals across the UK have won life changing prizes with 3,600 millionaires created to date. National Lottery players can be proud of the positive changes they have helped bring about since the first draw in 1994.”
National Lottery players have raised more than £32 billion for arts, education, environment, health, heritage, sport and voluntary projects across the UK.
More than £53 billion has been paid out in prizes across the UK.