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National Lottery Lifechangers

National Lottery Lifechangers tells the story of how the money the National Lottery raises every week for good causes has positively changed the lives of ordinary people in Wrexham and Flintshire.

National Lottery Lifechangers - Wrexham & Flintshire

Growing up in Wrexham, music, sport and the steelworks mattered to ex-NME editor Mike Williams. Hear his story and see how nearly £101m of National Lottery funding has changed lives in the area.

Did you know?

In Wrexham and Flintshire alone, the National Lottery has awarded around £101m to over 4,600 good causes since 1994

Mold Dragons Wheelchair Rugby

"Wheelchair rugby has given me not only a sport, but a group of people that understand my disability”.

Hear Bex’s story of how National Lottery funding through Sport Wales for Mold Dragons Wheelchair 7s Club has changed her life. Over the next two months, National Lottery Lifechangers will share more stories of extraordinary people from Wrexham & Flintshire.

Vic Music Studios

“It’s a vital place for the music scene and for enriching the lives of young people in Wrexham”

Mike Harmina, Manager at the Vic music recording studios and social enterprise in Wrexham, tells us how National Lottery funding has enabled them to reach more people than ever before.

Vic Studios is a community based social enterprise in Wrexham that aims to help young people build confidence, skills and prospects through music.

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National Lottery funding has enabled the studios to create an affordable rehearsal and recording facility for young bands and musicians and for vulnerable and disengaged young people.

Rare Aware

“Getting involved with Rare Aware has been incredible and it’s amazing to know that there’s someone out there determined to raise awareness of rare diseases.”

Hear the story of how National Lottery funded Rare Aware project has been life-changing for children like Poppy and Ffion.

Did you know?

There are between 6,000-8,000 rare diseases affecting over 3.5 million people in the UK and approximately five new rare diseases are described in medical literature each week.

Wepre Park

“The amazing opportunities at Wepre Park give me a sense of peace.” Hear the story of how National Lottery funded project Wepre Park has been life-changing for volunteers like Andrew.

Arts from the Armchair

“Coming to Arts in the Armchair means I get my wife back for at least three days after the sessions.” Hear the story of how this National Lottery funded project has had such a positive impact on those living with memory loss, dementia and their carers

Did you know?

An award of £26,000 thanks to National Lottery players through the Arts Council of Wales has helped Arts from the Armchair reach people living with dementia and mild cognitive impairment and their carers’ in the Wrexham and Flintshire areas.

Wales Football Collection

Taking care of international caps, match-worn Welsh shirts and even a telegram sent by Juventus to release John Charles to play for Wales in the 1958 World Cup is part of Jonathon Gammond’s day to day work.

The Wales Football Collection in Wrexham is home to over 1,000 items from the past 100 years with memorabilia from Wales stars including Billy Meredith, John Toshack and Ian Rush and, according to the museum’s curator, there is no better place for it than where football in Wales was first established.

Read more about Jonathon's work with the Wales Football Collection here: "Football is a crucial part of Welsh history and identity and it all started here in Wrexham.”

Jade Jones

Flint’s golden girl, Jade Jones, became a double Olympic champion by the age of 23 when she won gold at the Rio Olympics in 2016 and she is one of hundreds of elite athletes in the UK funded by the National Lottery, allowing her to train full time to reach her full potential. She is currently training hard with the goal of winning Olympic gold once again, this time in Tokyo 2020.

Did you know?

Since the National Lottery started funding elite athletes in 1997, Team GB and Paralympics GB have won over 870 medals

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