The search is on to find the UK's favourite National Lottery-funded projects
8th Feb 2012
National Lottery Draw Show host and new mum, Jenni Falconer, is calling on people across Scotland to nominate local Good Causes for the National Lottery Awards 2012 – the annual search to find the UK’s favourite Lottery-funded projects.
New figures reveal that in the last year alone over £127 million of National Lottery Good Causes funding was awarded to projects in Scotland. Jenni is encouraging any organisation – big or small - that has received Lottery funding to enter the Awards.
Jenni says: “National Lottery players raise a staggering £30 million every week for Good Causes. An impressive variety of Lottery-funded projects have touched the lives of many in Scotland. For example, Lottery funding is supporting war veterans, helping vulnerable children and transforming local parks and sporting facilities.
“The National Lottery Awards recognise the unsung heroes, selfless volunteers and dedicated workers improving lives with Lottery funding. There are literally thousands of Lottery-funded projects across the UK deserving of recognition. So if you know of a project that is making an outstanding impact in 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.
Mairi Morrison, Head of Business Development for Sense Scotland, is joining Jenni in encouraging Lottery-funded projects to get involved. The charity, which supports deafblind children and adults throughout Scotland, won the Best Health Project category at the National Lottery Awards 2011. Mairi says: “Taking part in The National Lottery Awards last year was a great experience. Receiving national recognition for our work gave all our staff, volunteers and the families we support a real boost – the buzz was amazing! We would definitely encourage other Lottery-funded organisations to get involved no matter how big or small they are. It’s a great opportunity to show the positive difference your project is making with Lottery funding.”
The National Lottery Awards have seven categories - each reflecting an area of Lottery funding: Arts, Education, Environment, Health, Heritage, Sport and Voluntary/Charity.
If you want to see a Scottish project celebrated in this year’s National Lottery Awards, or you are involved with a Lottery-funded project and want to nominate it, visit www.nationallotteryawards.org.uk to find out more.