Glasgow Kelvin MSP Sandra White welcomed the National Lottery Birthday Bear on it’s recent visit to the Scottish Parliament as part of the 25th Anniversary celebrations.
The Birthday Bear was gifted to the National Lottery by members of the Knit and Natter group which is part of the Partick based Annexe Communities Connects 2 Project for local people over 60.
To thank the National Lottery and to bring together grantholders across Scotland the group produced and sent the National Lottery their very own Birthday Bear, who will travel round the country with their funding staff over the next couple of months.
The knitting group produce knitted whales and penguins which are auctioned off with the money going to conservation charities.
Since The National Lottery’s first draw took place on 19 November 1994 more than £3 billion has been raised for good causes in the areas of arts, sport, heritage and community.
Commenting Sandra White said:
“The Connects 2 Project has been an incredible support to members of the local community not just in Partick but across Glasgow.
“The staff and volunteers have made an incredible impact on local people’s lives through their programme of events and classes which has been made possible with the funding from the National Lottery.
“The Birthday Bear gifted to the National Lottery is a wonderful gesture from the members of the Knit and Natter group and I wish it well on it’s journey across Scotland!”
Jane Cowie, Connects 2 Project Development Officer said:
“Hip Hip Hooray to the National Lottery on their 25th year of supporting organisations like ourselves, Annexe Communities here in Partick, Glasgow, who most recently secured 5 years Lottery funding to host the Connects2Project for the local over 60’s.
“One group grown by this project was our Knit and Natter group that has sent out hand knitted with love goodies to the seven continents of the world! Our Operation Penguin gave us the idea to support the Lottery’s Birthday Celebrations with knitting them a Birthday Bear who could then go around visiting many of the other projects around Scotland that they fund, connecting us all up and growing awareness of how powerful the Lottery funding is for local communities.
Birthday Bear Knitter Isobel Hamilton said:
“I am very happy to support the Lottery in any way I can as their funding for our Knit and Natter group has been a total lifeline for me. I love that they love Birthday Bear and look forward to following his adventures around Scotland as they unfold. Thank you and Happy 25th Birthday National Lottery”