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National Lottery Awards 2015 Voting

National Lottery Awards 2015 Voting
Updated: Monday 20th July 2015

The National Lottery Awards is an annual event which sees hundreds of lottery-funded projects compete for recognition as the nation’s favourite in each of seven categories. There were 620 projects in the running for the awards this year, and that number has been whittled down to 49 for the public voting stage. This stage runs until midnight on Wednesday 29 July, so those of you who have not yet voted for your favourites will want to do so sooner rather than later. 

Each of the seven project categories will have its own winner, and all seven winners will be announced at the National Lottery Awards ceremony in September. The ceremony will be broadcast on BBC One, and as well as receiving national recognition, each of the winning projects will receive a National Lottery Awards trophy and a cash prize worth £2,000.

The finalists in each of the seven categories are as follows:

Best Arts Project Finalists
The Big Music Project
Dark Clouds
Get It Loud In Libraries
Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme
Inside Out of Mind
Ministry of Stories    
The Whitworth Transformation

Best Education Project Finalists
BoxClever & Kid Gloves 
The High Street Experiment
Tyne Gateway
Learning for Life
Life in My Shoes
Teens and Toddlers
Transforming Lives 

Best Environment Project Finalists
The Belfast Hills Landscape Partnership Scheme
The Dark Hedges
Growing Newsome 
The 360 Observatory
Real Food Wythenshawe
Wild About Hampstead Heath
Your Seas

Best Health Project Finalists
Armagh Men's Shed
Back Up Mentoring
The Brink
Kerry Farm
Music Matters
Strathcarron Hospice at Home
Action on Postpartum Pyschosis

Best Heritage Project Finalists
First World War in the Air
Information Age
Lincoln Castle Revealed
Mind the Gap 
Newbridge Memo
Áras Cholmcille St. Columba Heritage Centre
Together We Won the War

Best Sport Project Finalists
Erskine Celebrates the Commonwealth Games
I Will if You Will
Sport England TASS
Sport Scotland Community Sport Hubs
This Girl Can
The Wave Project
North Wales Crusaders Wheelchair Team

Best Voluntary/Charity Project Finalists
Changing Minds
Future 4 Me
Home-Start Ryedale
Joined-Up Linking
Marie Curie Helper Service
The Silver Line Helpline
Sparkhill Foodbank

The National Lottery Awards are now in their twelfth year, and this year’s ceremony will be hosted by actor John Barrowman. The actor has hosted the awards four times previously, and he is just as enthusiastic about the 2015 event. ‘The exceptionally selfless work carried out by National Lottery Awards finalists never fails to astound me,’ he said. ‘Their work deserves to be celebrated nationally; the community spirit, dedication and compassion.’

Barrowman also encourages members of the public to vote for their favourite projects rather than simply wait for the winners to be announced. ‘It is crucial that you show your support for your local projects so they can get the national glory that they richly deserve,’ he said. ‘National Lottery players should swell with pride that £34 million of Lottery funding is raised every week for projects like these across the UK.’

We wish all 49 of the National Lottery Awards finalists the very best of luck, and we look forward to bringing you news of the winners in September.

Published: Monday 20th July 2015

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