Colin and Chris Weir

£161m lottery winners plan to set up charitable trust

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The winners of the biggest-ever EuroMillions jackpot, Colin and Chris Weir, have pledged to set up a charitable trust “to share the good luck” as they celebrate the first anniversary of their massive £161 million win.

After their windfall, the Scottish couple are now among the richest people in Scotland.

Mr Weir said: “It has been quite a year, exciting and challenging in equal measure, but we couldn’t be happier.

“There is still an overwhelming sense of good fortune – we were incredibly lucky and will never forget that.

“But, a year on, the biggest change in our life is that we can now support causes close to our hearts in a more meaningful way.

“It is a privilege to be in a position to see a situation where help is needed and be able to do something about it.”

The couple have already helped raise funds for local 15-year-old tennis star Ross Wilson to attend a tennis academy in Barcelona and 15-year-old race car driver Gregor Ramsay to attend the European and Italian F3 European Abarth, according to

They have also donated funds to help improve sports facilities for the National Sports Training Centre Inverclyde and the Largs Thistle Community Club and to secure the future of the Waverley, the world’s last ocean-going paddle steamer. Last year, they also donated £1 million to the Scottish National Party’s independence campaign.

Mr Weir added: “What we’ve done in the last 12 months is to achieve a balance between enjoying our new life to the full with recognising the real difference we can now make to others’ lives.

“We are currently in the process of setting up our charitable trust, which will support individuals, groups and charities across Scotland who are struggling to gain funds from the more traditional or mainstream grant makers.”

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