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The Search is on to Find the UK's Favourite Lottery-Funded Projects

PUBLISHED: 00:16 13 January 2011 | UPDATED: 20:40 20 February 2013

The Search is on to Find the UK's Favourite Lottery-Funded Projects

The Search is on to Find the UK's Favourite Lottery-Funded Projects

People in Kent are being called on to nominate their favourite Lottery-funded project for recognition in The National Lottery Awards 2011...

People in Kent 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 9 million of Lottery funding has been invested in good causes in Kent 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 UKs 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.

Joanne Creighton, Director of Learning and Visitor Programmes at The Historic Dockyard Chatham, is joining Rebecca in encouraging Lottery-funded projects to get involved. The Dockyard won the Best Education Project category in 2010 for their work restoring and preserving HMS Cavalier, the Royal Navys last operational World War II destroyer, and turning it into a unique educational attraction. Joanne says: Taking part in The National Lottery Awards last year was a great experience and it was fantastic to take home a winners trophy. It was a real boost for all the staff and volunteers involved in the project to receive national recognition for their hard work and dedication. The overwhelming support we received from the public gave everyone a wonderful sense of achievement. It would be great to see another winner from Kent 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 Kent celebrated in this years 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 18 February.

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