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People's £50m Giveaway

People's £50m Giveaway
Updated: Friday 25th April 2014

Fifty million pounds is up for grabs, and you can vote on which project you think should receive it. No you can’t make up your own project, but you can choose from one of four:  Sustrans’ UK wide Connect2 Cycle and walking routes, Cornwall’s Eden Project: The Edge,  Sherwood Forest in Nottingham or the Black Country Urban Park.

One of the four projects will find out it is the lucky winner next month on ITV 1's  program called "The People’s £50m Lottery Giveaway”. The program has been made over the last two years and started off with 33 entries which have been whittled down to the last four. The £50m is being provided by the Big Lottery Fund that allocates over half of the money raised for good causes from lottery sales each year.

The Sherwood: Living Legend project would use £50m to replant the forest and protect the fragile ecology of this famous area. The Black Country Urban Park project wants to use £50m to clean the canals and c-eate a safe environment for locals and visitors. Cornwall’s Eden Project would use £50m to fund a new environmental project called The Edge. The Sustrans Connect2 bid needs £50m to build up a countrywide network of paths for everyday journeys that could be made by walkers and cyclists.

And to help each project, a celebrity has been selected to try and convince you to vote for a particular project. Actor  Brian Blessed supports the Sherwood bid, Survival Expert Ray Mears the Eden project, Singer Toyah Wilcox supports the Black Country bid and TV presenter Lorraine Kelly supports Sustrans.  As with many ‘vote for me’ programmes, the ‘People’s lottery’ will be on TV for five consecutive nights (from Monday 3 December) and then you can call the phone line to vote for the project you would like to receive the money.

Published: Tuesday 13th November 2007

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