Published on Saturday, 2nd December 2017


I sit on the Portsmouth Lottery small grants panel, which makes awards of up to £2500 to good causes in the city. The money comes from a share of the ticket receipts generated by the local lottery. Ticket sales are running at about 2200 a week, which means it raises about £70,000 a year, of which about a third is allocated by the panel.


Last week we approved four awards (and potentially a fifth), several linked to Christmas. One I would like to draw attention to is for a festive meal for up to a hundred older men, who play in the walking football league. 


It’s often lost amongst all the talk of expensive transfers, but actually, many football clubs do excellent community work and that includes our own Portsmouth FC. This year the club and its charitable arm, Pompey in the Community, are putting on the Christmas meal in Fratton Park and are waiving the room hire and are supplying the food at cost. This has driven the bill down to the point where the local lottery can cover it and as a result a hundred older men will get a meal and a present. 


This is an example of what can be achieved when groups work together; plaudits to the football club for their community spirit.


Tags: Charities