Isle of Wight residents are being called on to nominate their favourite Lottery-funded project for recognition in The National Lottery Awards 2011.
In the last year alone, over £1 million of Lottery funding has been invested in good causes on the Isle of Wight and now The National Lottery is encouraging these projects, and any organisation that has received Lottery funding over the past 16 years, to enter the Awards and gain national recognition for their work.
Rebecca Gowrley of The National Lottery Awards, says: “These Awards are the annual search to find the UK’s favourite Lottery-funded projects. Lottery players raise £28 million every week for projects both large and small, which benefit people, places and communities all across the UK. The National Lottery Awards recognise how Lottery-funded projects put that money to good use and celebrate the people behind the projects who work so tirelessly to make their organisations a success.
“If a Lottery-funded project has had a positive impact on your local area, made a real difference to your life or if you are personally involved with a project that is transforming your community, we want to hear from you.”
The entrants that make it to the finals of The National Lottery Awards will receive national recognition at a star-studded event broadcast on BBC One later this year. They will also have a chance to win a £2000 cash prize.
Steve Oates, Chairman of the Isle of Wight Steam Railway, is joining Rebecca in encouraging Lottery-funded projects to get involved. The IW Steam Railway won the Best Heritage Project category in 2010 for their work in restoring Victorian and Edwardian railway carriages to their former glory.
Steve says: “Taking part in The National Lottery Awards last year was a tremendously rewarding and enjoyable experience. It was fantastic to take home a winner’s trophy and it’s been a real boost for all the staff and volunteers involved in the IW Steam Railway to receive national recognition for their hard work and dedication.
“The overwhelming support we received from the public gave us all a wonderful sense of achievement and, since winning, we have received so much positive feedback from visitors to the Railway and from the whole community here on the Island. It would be great to see another winner from the Isle of Wight this year.”
The National Lottery Awards have seven categories – each reflecting an area of Lottery funding: Sport; Heritage; Arts; Environment; Health; Education; and Voluntary/Charity.
If you want to see a project from the Isle of Wight celebrated in this year’s National Lottery Awards, visit www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk to find out more or call 0207 960 6828. The Awards are now open for entries and any projects wishing to enter can do so by visiting the website. Entries must be received by 5pm on Friday 18th February.
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