The creators of TV's famous 'Creature Comforts' ads have released a brand new clip for The National Lottery's 25th birthday and its £2million #CelebrateNationalLottery25 fund.

The uplifting promo – which features a character voiced by stand-up comedian James Acaster – reveals how £2million is now up for grabs for people to apply for funding to make a real difference in their communities.

#CelebrateNationalLottery25 offers anyone the chance to receive £1,000 to make their idea a reality.

The brilliant new animated clip (above) has been beautifully made by the team from Aardman – creators of popular films and shows including Wallace and Gromit, Chicken Run and Shaun The Sheep – and the popular Creature Comforts adverts and nature shows.

It shows what a diverse range of people would do if they had £1,000 to use in their community.

Director of the film, Aardman’s Peter Peake, said: "I’m so proud that we were able to use Aardman’s style to depict a real cross section of characters from across the UK and show how, despite all our quirkiness and little idiosyncrasies essentially, we’re all united through common goals."

Award-winning comic James Acaster – who voices a youngster in a hoodie – said it was a privilege to support the fund. He added: "This film embraces the diversity in our local communities and highlights the importance of coming together as neighbours, so I hope it inspires lots of people to seek funding for their idea.”

It’s been 25 years since the UK started playing The National Lottery – and we've all been winners as a result. Each week, National Lottery players help to raise around £30m for good causes across the UK.

And thanks to National Lottery players, more than £40 billion has been raised for good causes in the areas of arts, sport, heritage and community in that time.

HOW TO APPLY FOR FUNDING

You can apply for a grant of up to £1,000 at CelebrateNationalLottery25.com between November 23 and 2pm on December 6, 2019.

The funding you are requesting must be used between 1st February 2020 and December 31st 2020.

You'll need to state what you'd like to do, how much money you need and what it will be spent on.

You’ll be eligible to apply if you are a group of two or more people, a registered charity or not-for-profit organisation, a school, college or university or a community council.

Successful applicants will be notified by 31 January and receive a prepaid card in the post soon after.

So, what are you waiting for? Why not help The National Lottery to mark its milestone birthday by making a real difference to the place you live.

The power to make community magic happen is in your hands!

 Applicants must be 18+. Ts&Cs apply. See website for further details and to check eligibility.


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