£1.5m lottery cash donated to St Helens charities and groups

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New figures show that more than £1.5 million of National Lottery funding was awarded in St Helens last year.

A total of 32 Lottery grants were given out in the area during 2016; providing a vital boost to arts, sports and heritage projects alongside community groups helping those most in need.

A wide variety of local projects received National Lottery grants last year, including:

· £6,219 to St Helens Canoe Club to increase participation by young people in the sport

· £69,700 to St Helens Council for the ‘St Helens Through the Lens: The Jordan and Metcalfe Photography Collection’.

· £10,000 Voluntary and Community Support to deliver bespoke training sessions to volunteers from charities in St Helens

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

National Lottery Awards winners will receive a £3,000 cash prize and national recognition at a glittering ceremony broadcast on BBC One later in the year. It follows the success of St. Helens Libraries’ Cultural Hubs, which was voted the nation’s Best Arts project in the Awards last 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 as voted for by the public. The Awards rightly put the focus on ordinary people doing extraordinary things with National Lottery funding, whose efforts go such a long way and are indeed changing lives. National Lottery players can be very proud to have contributed towards their fine work.”

Last year, St. Helens Libraries’ Cultural Hubs was voted the nation’s Best Arts project in the Awards.

National Lottery Awards cover seven categories; Sport, Heritage, Arts, Environment, Health, Education and Voluntary/Charity, to reflect the range of funding that the Lottery gives out. There is also a Special Achievement Award to recognise the outstanding contribution made by an individual to improving the lives of others.

If you wish 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.