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Howsham Mill Bids for Lottery Cash for Restoration

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2:49pm 25th June 2014

Howsham Mill needs local support as it competes for votes and the chance to shine on BBC One in this year’s National Lottery Awards.

The restoration project has been plucked from over 750 entries to go into the public vote to decide the winners of this year’s National Lottery Awards – the annual search for the UK’s favourite Lottery-funded projects. 

Howsham Mill is competing against six other organisations to win the Best Environment category, scoop a £2,000 prize and rub shoulders with television, sport and music stars at the glamorous National Lottery Awards on BBC One in September. 

National Lottery funding has helped to restore a ruined Georgian watermill back to its former glory. The building is now used as an environmental education centre, generating hydro-electricity from a waterwheel and the first Archimedes screw turbine ever installed in the UK. Groups of children, students and others can visit the mill and learn about sustainability, renewable energy systems and the processing of wheat into flour. It is also used by community organisations, such as a children’s wildlife watchgroup.

Martin Phillips from Howsham Mill, says winning the award and being celebrated on national television would be a dream come true:

“We're delighted to have reached the finals of the National Lottery Awards. Lottery money has really helped us to restore this wonderful building that we have grown to love. It’s easy to vote, so we're hoping people support us, as it would be a fantastic reward for everyone involved in the project to receive national recognition for their hard work.”

TV star and actor John Barrowman will be presenting the National Lottery Awards for the fourth time this year:

“Every year I am moved by the exceptional work that the finalists of the National Lottery Awards carry out.  They typify everything that is right with society – the volunteering, community spirit and selflessness. 

“I urge everyone to get behind Howsham Mill as they aim to get the recognition they so richly deserve.  National Lottery players should be proud that the £33 million they raise for charities every single week goes to projects like this.”

To vote for Howsham Mill, please go to www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/awards or telephone 0844 836 9687 and follow the campaign on twitter: hashtag #NLAwards.  Voting runs for four weeks from 9am on Wednesday 25 June until midnight on Wednesday 23 July.  

There are seven projects competing for votes across seven categories, reflecting the main areas of National Lottery funding: arts, sport, heritage, health, environment, education and voluntary/charity. 

As well as securing their place at the National Lottery Awards show, the project with the highest number of votes in each category will receive a £2,000 cash prize and an iconic National Lottery Awards trophy.

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