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Tai chi instructor joins BGT's Alesha Dixon to promote National Lottery

Mary Callaghan enjoyed a photo shoot with Alesha Dixon and others who have benefited from Lottery grants

Alesha Dixon, with representatives from four projects funded by National Lottery, including Notting Hill tai chi instructor Mary Callaghan (far right) (Pic: Geoff Caddick/PA)

A tai chi instructor from Notting Hill has starred in an advertising campaign for the National Lottery with Alesha Dixon .

Mary Callaghan is an instructor with Open Age, which champions an active life for older people, and has received lottery funding.

She said: “Through funding from The National Lottery charities like Open Age are able to provide a variety of classes for older people.

"Attending an exercise class is far more than keeping fit, it increases a sense of well being, provides opportunities to form new friendships and enhances the rest of the week.

"Thanks to The National Lottery for helping to put smiles on so many faces.”

The martial art teacher was joined in the advert by other people who have benefited from lottery funding, including British gymnast Jay Thompson and 12-year-old guitarist Nathan Dawkins, both from London, who posed with the Britain’s Got Talent judge.

The National Lottery enjoyed a record breaking month in January when players helped raise £179 million for arts, sports, heritage and community projects – the highest total ever raised in a single month.

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