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York projects need your vote


12:01am 2nd September 2011

Three York-based projects are urging people to vote for them when the final round of voting opens in The National Lottery Awards 2011 this Friday 2nd September.

The National Lottery Awards are the annual search to find the UK’s favourite Lottery-funded projects and to celebrate the difference that these organisations make to local communities.

The finalists in York are:

  • The Quilt Museum and Gallery’s Unfolding the Quilts programme used Lottery funding to train volunteers and teach sewing and quilting skills to the wider community. It will now go up against Wentworth Castle in Stainborough and the We Were Brothers project in Northern Ireland for the title of the UK’s Best Heritage Project. To register your vote for Unfolding the Quilts call 0844 836 9716 or log on to www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/awards
  • The Altogether Better programme which recruits, trains and supports local people in York to motivate and support others to improve their health and well-being.  The project is competing in the Best Health Project category against two other finalists – Sense Scotland and Surf Action CIC in Penzance. To register your vote for Altogether Better call 0844 836 9700 or log on to www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/awards
  • OPAL (Open Air Laboratories) which encourages communities to get involved in nature through a range of initiatives aimed at inspiring people of all ages and backgrounds to get outside and explore their local environment. OPAL goes head to head with Brighter Future Workshop in Lancashire and The Green Valley Centre in Wales for the title of the UK’s Best Environment Project. To register your vote for OPAL call 0844 836 9694 or log on to www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/awards

All three organisations in the running have already received Lottery funding and the Awards celebrate how they have put that money to good use. 

This year’s National Lottery Awards are supported by Lottery draw show host, Myleen Klass, she says:

“The National Lottery Awards recognise the immense impact that Lottery-funded projects have on people and communities across the UK.   Lottery players raise a massive £28 million a week for Good Causes, that’s almost £3,000 every minute.  This funds something for everyone from big projects like museums and art galleries to helping local sport, heritage and community groups.

“These finalists showcase the selfless volunteers and unsung heroes who are using Lottery funding to improve the lives of others.  This is your final chance to pay tribute to them by voting for your favourite project.  Please get behind your local project and secure them national recognition - every vote counts!”

There are seven categories in the Awards, which reflect the main areas of Lottery funding: arts, sport, heritage, voluntary/charity, environment, health (in association with iVillage.co.uk) and education (in association with Best magazine). There will be one winner in each category which will receive national recognition at a star-studded event later this year, broadcast on BBC One, as well as a £2,000 cash prize to spend on their project.

Public voting for the final starts at 9am on 2nd September and ends at midday on 26th September. For more information or to cast a vote, go to www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/awards or call the numbers listed above.

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