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National Lottery #ThanksToYou

We have now come to the end of our involvement with 25th Birthday of The National Lottery #ThanksToYou campaign.

Despite some indifferent weather we have welcomed more than two hundred (200) National Lottery players and members of their family for a free visit to our Gateway Aviation Site this weekend. These visitors have come from many different regions including, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Yorkshire and of course Nottinghamshire.

This was our second year of participating in the scheme and we are pleased to report that more people took up this free offer than they did in 2018.

We would like to say a special thank you to various people who helped make the weekend a success; this includes the museum staff working away in the café and shop; the dedicated team of aircraft openers and volunteers who helped over the weekend; and all of the visitors who came along. We would also like to give a special mention to the staff at the National Lottery Promotions Unit for all of their ideas, support and encouragement, during the campaign.

“Despite the damp conditions during the weekend we saw increased visitors taking part in the #ThanksToYou campaign,” commented Museum Trustee, Howard Heeley, he continued.

“As someone who was involved in the original project team that helped to implement the Heritage Lottery funded Hangar 2 building at the museum back in 2003/4; it was really nice to see the visitors exploring the twenty five (25) aircraft and cockpits that are now displayed in there.”

He concluded, “The poor weather conditions this weekend, helped to illustrate why Hangar 2 is so important to the museum. Not only does it help to protect the exhibits, it also provides a dry location where visitors can enjoy looking at the exhibits and displays.”

Footnote:

Since The National Lottery's first draw took place on 19 November 1994, more than £40 billion has been raised for good causes in the areas of arts, sport, heritage and community – that’s £30 million a week making a difference to lives of people and communities throughout the whole of the UK.

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