A Brighouse retailer has been named The National Lottery’s top fundraising independent retailer in Yorkshire.
To date, customers of The Paper Shop in Commercial Street have helped raise a staggering £2.6 million for life-changing National Lottery projects.
To mark the achievement, David Kitson, owner of The Paper Shop, and his wife Claire were guests of honour at the annual Christmas Concert of the Brighouse & Rastrick Band, with David being presented a commemorative plaque on-stage.
David Kitson said: ‘We were amazed to be told we were the top fundraising independent retailer in Yorkshire.
“It’s great to get recognition for the hard work we put in to promoting and selling The National Lottery, and it’s wonderful to know that it really benefits local projects.
“It was a fantastic honour to be on-stage with the Brighouse & Rastrick Band and presented with the plaque. It will take pride of place in the store, so that our customers can see what a truly life-changing difference they make.”
The National Lottery supports a wide range of arts, sport, heritage, charity and voluntary projects. To date, lottery players have raised over £30 billion for projects, with more than 420,000 individual awards made across the UK an average of 135 lottery grants for every postcode district.
In total, over £1.8 billion has been invested into nearly 30,000 National Lottery projects throughout the Yorkshire & Humber region.
One of these to benefit include the Brighouse & Rastrick Band.
They recently received £48,000 in funding from Arts Council England, one of the National Lottery distributing bodies, to help the band continue to develop and perform.
The band was formed almost 130 years ago through public donations given by residents of the villages of Brighouse and Rastrick and continue to play throughout the UK – thanks to public donations and support funding.
Band Manager, Stuart Lingard, said: “National Lottery funding has been crucial for us at the Brighouse & Rastrick Band.
“We are all amateurs and it really helps us bring our music to people throughout the UK.
“We were delighted to have David Kitson as guest of honour at our Christmas concert, right here in Brighouse. He and his customers should be very proud that they’re making a real difference in their area.”