Chance to vote for top National Lottery scheme

Funding received will help children develop their skills as cricketers
Funding received will help children develop their skills as cricketers

A number of projects in Doncaster benefited from National Lottery cash during 2016 new figures have revealed.

The new figures show that more than £2.3 million of National Lottery funding was awarded across the borough last year alone.

Out of the total number of projects helped it was shown that 60 National Lottery grants were given out in the town during 2016.

This cash provided a vital boost to arts in the town as well as sports and also to a number of heritage projects alongside community groups helping those who were most in need of aid.

A wide variety of local projects received National Lottery grants last year, including a huge boost of £7,600 which was given to the 61st Bentley Air Scouts to replace its current windows and doors.

In addition to this a huge grant of £499,815 was donated to Age UK Doncaster, which will be used to help improve the lives of older people.

A much needed grant of £9,309 was also donated to Warmsworth Cricket Club, which helped to provide holiday and evening cricket sessions for many of its young people.

From today, these examples, or any organisation that has ever received National Lottery funding throughout the years, has the possibility of gaining nationwide acclaim by entering The National Lottery Awards for 2017 – this is the annual search for the UK’s favourite Lottery-funded projects.

National Lottery Awards winners of the 2017 awards will receive a £3,000 cash prize and national recognition at a glittering ceremony broadcast on BBC One later in the year.

John Barrowman MBE, presenter of the National Lottery Awards show, said: “The National Lottery Awards are a fabulous celebration of the UK’s favourite Lottery-funded projects which have been voted for by the public. “

He added: “The Awards quite rightly put the focus on those ordinary members of the public doing extraordinary things with National Lottery funding, and whose efforts have gone such a long way and, are indeed, helping to change people’s lives.”

He further added: “All those National Lottery players over the years can be very proud to have contributed towards their fine work.”

The National Lottery Awards for 2017 cover a total of seven categories.

The categories are: Sport, Heritage, Arts, Environment, Health, Education and Voluntary/Charity.

The awards reflect the range of funding that the Lottery gives out to different organisations. In addition to this there is also a Special Achievement Award which helps to recognise the outstanding contribution made by an individual to improving the lives of others.

If you wish to take part and to nominate your favourite project in this year’s National Lottery Awards, tweet @LottoGoodCauses with your suggestions or call 0207 293 3329 to find out more and to enter. Entries must be received by midnight on April 7, 2017.