Today, marks the launch of 2020’s National Lottery Awards and the organisers are calling on the people of South Wales to get nominating. With a cash award, as well as the trophy, winning this could be a real boost for our local organisations.
Lockdown Legend or Hero is a phrase we’ve heard a lot recently, our brilliant NHS and support staff have undoubtedly been heroes through this exceptional crisis. There’s Captain Tom Moore, who at the age of 100, set a new standard for the word ‘hero’ for his incredible charity walking, which subsequently raised millions of pounds.
There are so many names that fill our newspapers and devices every single day. In fact it’s not only people but businesses who have gone the extra mile. Take a look at a couple of our stories to see what has been going on here in South Wales.
There are the individual heroes too, parents, neighbours, friends and even strangers who continue to help and support others through these difficult times. Those who pick up some shopping for the couple next door. Parents who go out of their way to ensure the family are safe, well, educated and entertained The list really is endless.
Now, the National Lottery is searching for your ‘hometown hero’ or ‘lockdown legend’ as part of the 2020 National Lottery Awards. The annual search for the UK’s most popular National Lottery funded projects will, for the first time, honour individuals who have made an extraordinary impact in their community, especially those who have adapted during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
New figures reveal more than £24 million of National Lottery funding has been invested in good causes in the Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan local authority areas in 2018/19 alone.
A total of 570 National Lottery grants were awarded in the region during the previous financial year, providing vital support to arts, sports, heritage and community projects.
From today, The National Lottery are calling for nominations of people who have done amazing things with the help of National Lottery funding and are an inspiration to us all.
John Barrowman was a presenter of the National Lottery Awards show a few years agao and is a big supporter of the event. He said at the time…….
“The National Lottery Awards offer an unmissable opportunity to give outstanding projects their time to shine.”
“All these fantastic projects are funded by National Lottery players – every one of you should feel proud to raise an astounding millions each week, which provides much needed support to such life-changing work.”
And in these difficult times, organisations could do with some extra funding. Winners in each category will receive a £3,000 cash prize for their organisation and a coveted National Lottery Awards trophy.
Jonathan Tuchner, Director of the Lottery Good Causes is encouraging us all to make our nominations. He told us…….
“The National Lottery continues to have a positive impact on life across the UK. Thanks to National Lottery players thousands of projects are making an incredible difference to their local communities.
Now, more than ever, people have rallied together, and individuals are performing inspirational acts and extraordinary endeavours to help in cities, towns and villages up and down the country.”
“Thanks to National Lottery players, up to £600 million has been made available to support communities throughout the UK amid the coronavirus crisis. People have used National Lottery funding in amazing ways during these challenging times. We want to honour them as part of this year’s National Lottery Awards and recognise their selfless dedication and thank them for their fantastic work.”
Encompassing all aspects of National Lottery good causes funding, this years awards will look to recognise outstanding individuals in these areas…….
- Community / Charity
And there will be a special Young Hero Award for someone under the age of 18 who has gone that extra mile in their organisation. All nominees must work or act for a National Lottery funded organisation or have received National Lottery funding.
To make your nomination for this year’s National Lottery Awards, tweet @LottoGoodCauses with your suggestions or complete an entry form through their website LOTTERY Entries must be received by midnight on 19th August 2020.