Letter: Lottery threatens everyday funding

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Sir: Comment (Letters, 31 March) about charity losses due to the National Lottery is all about grants for one-off capital purposes. This ignores the basic first consideration of most charities, which is to have enough money to run the services they provide for people - eg, Salvation Army support services or, in a wider context, the annual cost of the St John Eye Hospital in Jerusalem (over £2m).

It is the raising of such continuously required working funds for charities that is being prejudiced by the lottery.

Yours faithfully,


London, SW13

31 March