The vision of a cleaner energy future for Scotland is becoming more of a reality thanks to funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

Scotland’s leading environmental campaign charity, Friends of the Earth Scotland, has received £50,000 towards their Community Power work which aims to encourage renewable energy projects across the country.

Anne Schiffer, Community Power campaigner for Friends of the Earth Scotland, said, “We’re extremely grateful to all players of People’s Postcode Lottery for this fantastic support. We are using this to fund a co power project officer position, as well as the creation of a film on community energy.

“Our aim is to put people at the heart of increased renewable energy.”

Kate Pearson, Deputy Head of Charities People’s Postcode Lottery, said, “We are absolutely thrilled to be supporting Friends of the Earth Scotland. We are truly inspired by their renewable energy projects and we’re proud that this £50,000 support from players will enable the charity to achieve more than ever before.”

Friends of the Earth Scotland was delighted to attend People’s Postcode Lottery’s Annual Charity Gala on 29 January, which celebrated the fantastic work that has been made possible throughout 2013 thanks to players of the charity lottery. The event was also an opportunity to consider the opportunities that lie ahead in 2014.

The Charity Gala took place at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh. The night was a celebration of the hard work achieved by charities supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

Players of People’s Postcode Lottery have generated over £35.6 million for charities and good causes. This year the charity lottery was delighted to welcome Chelsea Clinton who addressed the Gala. In her special remarks, Chelsea warmly thanked players of People’s Postcode Lottery for their generous support and called for greater collaboration between all sectors to focus on the world’s challenges and turn good intentions into measurable results.

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Notes to Editors

1. Community Power is a joint project in 12 European countries that aims to put people at the heart of increased renewable energy. For more information visit www.communitypower.eu

2. Image of Anne Schiffer with PPL funding cheque available from our Flickr page: http://www.flickr.com/photos/friendsoftheearthscotland

3. About People’s Postcode Lottery

· People’s Postcode Lottery is a charity lottery. Players play with their postcodes to win cash prizes while raising money for charities and good causes local to them.

· People’s Postcode Lottery is an External Lottery Manager and manages multiple society lotteries promoted by different causes supporting a range of good causes. For details on which society lottery is running each week, visit www.postcodelottery.co.uk/society

· Postcode Lottery Limited is regulated by the Gambling Commission under certificate nr 829-N-102511-007 and 829-R-102513-007, dated 06 November 2012. Registered office: Titchfield House, 69/85 Tabernacle Street, London, EC2A 4RR

· People’s Postcode Lottery players support the following Trusts – Postcode Green Trust, Postcode Care Trust, Postcode Culture Trust, Postcode Animal Trust, Postcode Heroes Trust, Postcode Global Trust and People’s Postcode Trust. These Trusts are funded entirely by players and support a variety of charities. For further information on each charity, visit: www.postcodelottery.co.uk/Charities

· 50p from every £2 ticket goes to good causes and players have raised over £35.6 Million for good causes across the country

· There are five draws a month with prizes every day and each ticket costs £2 – paid monthly in advance by direct debit. For further prize information, visit: www.postcodelottery.co.uk/Prizes

· Maximum prize per ticket is £400,000 or 10% of draw proceeds and all prizes are awarded by ticket

· Players can sign up by Direct Debit or credit card online at www.postcodelottery.co.uk, or by calling 0808 10-9-8-7-6-5.

4. People’s Postcode Lottery funding is building upon the Community Power campaign at Friends of the Earth Scotland, which is also co-funded by the Scottish Government and the Intelligent Energy Europe Programme of the European Union. communitypower.eu

5. Friends of the Earth Scotland is

* Scotland’s leading environmental campaigning organisation

* An independent Scottish charity with a network of thousands of supporters and active local groups across Scotland

* Part of the largest grassroots environmental network in the world, uniting over 2 million supporters, 77 national member groups, and some 5,000 local activist groups.