South London retailer NKS Express and its customers were recently celebrated by local Carshalton and Wallington MP Elliot Colburn for raising over £1.1 million for Good Causes through selling National Lottery products.
Colburn visited NKS Express in Carshalton to award proprietor Sivasankar Kanapathipillai with a plaque marking his and his customers’ fantastic achievements. Sivasankar has had the shop since 2006 and has been selling The National Lottery in it since day one. He runs it with his son, Arshan.
Colburn said, “I was really pleased to have the opportunity to visit NKS Express to meet Sivasankar and celebrate the incredible amount raised for National Lottery Good Causes by his shop’s customers.
“National Lottery funding does fantastic work across the UK. In Carshalton and Wallington alone, over £23 million has gone to local Good Causes since 1994, helping to fund some vital community projects.
“I enjoyed talking to Sivasankar and hearing about his shop and his customers. Access to local independent shops and a thriving high street is so important to the local communities they serve.”
On receiving the plaque, Sivasankar said, “I have always sold The National Lottery at NKS Express and am exceptionally proud that this has helped make such a massive contribution to Good Causes. It was wonderful to meet Mr Colburn and be recognised for my customers’ contribution to Good Causes over the years.”
Camelot Divisional Sales Manager, Harvey Miller, added, “We work with around 43,000 retail partners throughout the UK with independent shops like NKS Express making up the majority. Our retail partners are the backbone of The National Lottery and to most players, our public face. We can’t thank them and their customers enough for helping to raise an average of over £30 million each and every week for Good Causes across the UK.”
Every time somebody plays a National Lottery game, they help to make the UK a better place. That’s because, for every National Lottery ticket sold, a proportion of the money received benefits a huge variety of Good Cause projects that make a real difference to the lives of people and communities the length and breadth of the country. To date, The National Lottery has raised £47 billion and counting for over 670,000 projects across the UK.
Although Camelot is responsible for generating returns to Good Causes through its operation of The National Lottery, it plays no role in the allocation of funding. This is the specific responsibility of 12 lottery distribution bodies, each with specialist knowledge of their sectors. For anyone currently looking for funding, please visit https://www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/funding to find out which grants are available to your project.