• Thursday, August 11, 2022


Harrow East retailer recognised by local MP Bob Blackman after customers help raise over half a million pounds for National Lottery Good Causes

By: Shelbin MS

Harrow East retailer Dipak Gokani – the proprietor of Weald News – and his customers have been celebrated by local MP, Bob Blackman, for raising over £500,000 for Good Causes through selling National Lottery products.

Gokani was awarded a National Lottery Good Causes plaque by Bob Blackman MP at a presentation at the store earlier this month, with local Camelot Retail Sales Team representatives also in attendance.

Dipak Gokani and Bob Blackman MP

Mr Blackman said: “I was delighted to visit Weald News in Harrow this month to present a plaque in celebration of the huge contribution the store has made to National Lottery Good Causes.

“Shop owner Dipak has been at Weald News for more than 18 years and is a well-known pillar of the community. It is important that where possible we support local businesses, helping them build back stronger following the pandemic.”

Camelot Divisional Sales Manager, Karl Southworth, added: “Independent retailers are central to The National Lottery’s ongoing success, having been the face of The National Lottery for almost 28 years in high streets and communities across the UK.

“With the ongoing challenges retailers are facing, it is more important than ever to recognise those who go above and beyond to serve their customers and communities.

“Thanks to National Lottery retailers and players, over £30 million is raised every week for Good Causes across the UK – going to people, projects and communities at a time where funding has never been more needed.”

Gokani said: “I am very proud that my customers have been able to help raise such a huge amount for National Lottery Good Causes, especially given that the money goes to local projects here in Harrow and right around the UK. I’ve been at this store for 18 years, so it means a lot to have been awarded with this plaque.

“I would also like to thank Camelot and my sales rep. I wouldn’t have been able to raise this amount for Good Causes without their continued support over the years.”

Although Camelot is responsible for generating returns to Good Causes by operating The National Lottery, it plays no role in the allocation of funding.

This is the specific responsibility of 12 lottery distribution bodies, each with specialist knowledge of their sectors. For anyone currently looking for funding, please visit https://www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/funding to find out which grants are available for your project.

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