We hit the jackpot thanks to the People’s Postcode Lottery!
COUNTDOWN host Nick Hewer has accepted a cheque for £200,000 from the players of People’s Postcode Lottery on behalf of Hope and Homes for Children.
The cheque was presented to Nick – who has been our patron for ten years – on the set of his hit Channel 4 word and numbers game show this week.
We will use the funds to find families for thousands of disabled children locked away in East African orphanages.
Nick, who recently visited our projects in Rwanda, said: “They say life is a lottery, and for children locked away in bleak African orphanages it must feel like there’s no hope.
“By finding them safe and loving families to grow up in, we can give them the golden ticket to a happy childhood.
“So thank you so much to players of People’s Postcode Lottery for helping an amazing charity to continue to transform the lives of vulnerable children in the world’s poorest communities.”
An estimated eight million children are locked away in shocking overseas orphanages, but 80 per cent of these children are not orphans. Most have been estranged from their families because of poverty, discrimination or disabilities. Tragically, 60 years of scientific research shows how children in orphanages are exposed to greater levels of neglect, abuse and even trafficking.
The funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery will enable us to oversee the first orphanage closure for children with disabilities in Rwanda. Dedicated social workers will work with children confined to orphanages, tracing their families and giving them the support they need to become a family again. Where this is not possible, specialist foster families will be trained to give the children the love and security they need to thrive.
Clara Govier, Head of Charities at People’s Postcode Lottery, said: “This funding award of £200,000 will make such an impact to the lives of children hidden away in East African orphanages.
“I am proud that the support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery will allow these children to be supported back into family environments.”