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Cumbria Receives Big Lottery Funding

Cumbria Receives Big Lottery Funding
Updated: Friday 25th April 2014

This week lottery players all over the country are voting for the local projects that they want to advance in the People’s Millions contest. However, the people of Cumbria are going through a very tough time at present due to extreme flooding, so the Big Lottery Fund has decided to make awards to the projects in Cockermouth and Maryport without them having to go through the usual voting procedure.

Sir Clive Booth, who is Chair of the Big Lottery Fund, announced the award yesterday by saying: “In response to the communication chaos caused by the floods in Cumbria, the Big Lottery Fund is awarding a Cockermouth project and a Maryport project People’s Millions grant awards of up to £50,000 – without them having to compete in this evening’s TV contest on ITV border evening news.

“Due to the crisis conditions in the region, it would be impossible for the All Saints CE Primary School in Cockermouth and Ewanrigg Junior School to compete fairly in The People’s Millions contest.

“Now both projects which would have been competing on ITV Border regional news tonight are being given the Lottery good cause funding from BIG.”

The People’s Millions contest has taken place every year since 2005, and it is good to see the Big Lottery Fund make a special exception to the usual voting rules for the projects in Cockermouth and Maryport. If any lottery player was ever in doubt that the money raised for Good Causes can be just as useful in times of crisis as it is in times of relative stability, this is it.

We, like the rest of the nation, would like to send the people of Cumbria our very best wishes during this difficult time, and hope that the gesture made by the Big Lottery Fund will help the Cockermouth and Maryport projects to proceed as planned despite the recent events.

Readers can help to raise even more money for Good Causes by choosing to buy lottery tickets online. There is a Lotto jackpot of £7 million to play for this Wednesday 25 November, and a EuroMillions jackpot of £13 million on Friday 27 November.

Published: Tuesday 24th November 2009

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