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Lottery fund support really is life-changing

What do I, a Paralympic gold medallist, have in common with the Seamus Heaney Homeplace, or St George's Market, or even the Connswater Community Greenway?

The answer is: we have all been supported by the National Lottery.

Many of you will know you are helping NI's leading athletes when you buy your National Lottery tickets - we are very, very grateful for your support. But I wonder whether you know who else you are helping?

Every time you play, you help fund everything from social groups for older people and parenting support networks to local sports clubs and restoration projects. In fact, the National Lottery has just awarded its 500,000th grant since it began in 1994.

Everyone who plays should be proud of the life-changing difference they make.

BETHANY FIRTH

Paralympic swimming gold medallist, Team GB

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