National Trust says thank you to National Lottery players

The National Trust is opening its gardens at Blickling Estate for free to National Lottery players on Wednesday, December 13, as a thank you to people who have raised money for its conservation work by buying a Lottery ticket.

National Trust places throughout the East of England have benefited from support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, meaning vital conservation projects and work to improve how we tell the stories of these special places can be completed.

Jo Bosch, marketing and visitor manager at Blickling. said: “Without grant support like this, we wouldn’t have been able to undertake some of our most important and innovative conservation work. Grant income, as well as help from members, supporters and volunteers allows us to look after special places for ever, for everyone. This is a small gesture of our thanks to National Lottery players.

Ros Kerslake, chief executive of the Heritage Lottery Fund, said: “December is a wonderful time to experience the UK’s rich, diverse and exciting heritage, which has been transformed by more than £7bn National Lottery funding since 1994.  This is a small gesture of thanks and a way of giving something back to the people who buy tickets.”

Any visitor who presents a National Lottery ticket or scratch card on December 13 will be admitted for free to participating National Trust places. Full terms and conditions, including the sites participating, can be found on the National Trust website.

This offer is part of a National Lottery celebration where a host of organisations which have benefited from Heritage Lottery funding offer free access, special offers or activities to say thank you.



Staff praised after toddler is rescued from hot car

Staff at Tesco on Blue Boar Lane, in Sprowston, rushed into action when a toddler was locked in a car at their store – and have earned a huge thank you from his relieved grandmother.
Carol Martin, who was visiting the area on Saturday, was putting her shopping into the car and had given her two-year-old grandson her keys to play with while she did so.
“You can guess the rest – he got locked in,” she said. “As the weather was hot and there were no windows open I went to the store for help. Immediately they went into action and the manager and staff were outside with me and had brought one of their phones for me to use.
“I called my roadside recovery but even after I told them the situation they still took time asking me questions before they would put a call out. Finally I was made a ‘priority one’ but was told they would not be with me for about 30 minutes. My grandson was getting hot and flushed so I made the decision to call for the fire brigade.”
But she said the manager had already called them – as well as fetching water, a fire engine toy and ice lollies for when the little boy was freed.
Carol went on: “Red Watch from Sprowston fire station arrived and they, too, were brilliant. After he was out and sorted, they offered him a seat in the fire engine.”
Store staff also brought out some plastic to cover the broken window.
“I was overwhelmed by all the support Tesco Staff and the fireman gave me,” said Carol.