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Charity and voluntary projects named in semi-final of 2009 National Lottery Awards

Ten UK-based organisations have been named as semi-finalists in the Best Charity / Voluntary Project category of The National Lottery Awards 2009.

The National Lottery Awards are an annual search to find the UK’s favourite Lottery-funded projects. The public are being urged to show their support by casting a vote and helping their favourite organisations in the running make it through to the next stage of the Awards.

The category is being supported by Woman magazine, which will feature all ten of the semi-finalists in the Best Charity Voluntary Projects category in its upcoming issue and online. The ten projects are:

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• Angus Care and Repair’s Small Repairs Service

• Belfast Adventure Learning Park

• Family Sign & Support

• Fledglings

• Harbour Place Day Centre

• Harmless

• Out of School Clubs for Young People with Autism

• Partners in Politics

• Sue’s Place: The Newark and Notts Child Bereavement and Loss Centre

• The Bread Maker

The winning projects, across seven award categories, will receive national recognition on a special BBC 1 TV show later this year, and a £2,000 cash prize to spend on their project.

This year’s National Lottery Awards are supported by broadcaster, Jackie Brambles. She says: “This year, The National Lottery is celebrating its 15th Anniversary. Since it began, Lottery players have raised – £25 million per week for Good Causes and the Awards recognise the amazing talent and hard work of the people involved in running many amazing projects.”

About The National Lottery Awards
Now in their sixth successful year, The National Lottery Awards recognise the difference that Lottery-funded projects – both big and small – make to local communities, and celebrate the achievements of the people behind them.

Voting for the semi-finals started at 9am on Monday 22 June and ends at midday on Friday 10 July. For further information, and to register a vote, go to

www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/awards

The three projects in each category with the most number of votes will go through to the finals of the Awards and another round of public voting later in August.

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For further information please contact:
Jessica Cain Tel: 020 7211 3991 email:Je**********@lo***************.uk

Notes to Editors

• Further information on the semi-finalists in the Best Arts Project category projects and voting numbers go to

www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/awards

• There are seven categories in the Awards, each reflecting an area of Lottery funding: Arts; Education; Environment; Health; Heritage, Sport and Voluntary/Charity

• Calls will cost 5p from a BT land-line. Calls from other networks may vary, calls from mobiles could cost considerably more. Callers are advised to check with their telephone network provider to be certain of the cost. No profit will be made from the cost of the phone vote by NLPU or The National Lottery

• Voting will be independently monitored by Electoral Reform Services

• For the second year running the Voluntary/Charity category is sponsored by Woman magazine. Woman is the number one variety-packed women’s weekly. It delivers a modern mix of hot celebrity news, juicy TV insider gossip, compelling real life stories, body confident fashion and beauty, and an up-to-the-minute lifestyle section. Woman is published by IPC Media

• This year the Health category is sponsored by FemaleFirst.co.uk. “For Women by Women” – FemaleFirst.co.uk is the future of female online communities, innovative and creative, a place where over 3 million women meet to chat, discuss problems, share experiences, speak their minds, get all the latest celebrity, fashion, and style news, but first and foremost have fun

• This year The National Lottery is celebrating its 15th Anniversary. Since 1994, over £23 billion has been raised for Good Causes by Lottery players and over 317,000 grants have been made

• For more information on the National Lottery Good Causes or the Awards log on to www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk

Semi- Finals

• There are a total of 70 projects in the semi-finals – 10 in each of the seven categories. The public can vote from 9am on 22 June and any vote cast before midday on 10 July will be counted

• The three projects with the most votes in each category will go through to the final round of public voting

Final

• There will be a total of 21 projects in the finals – three in each of the seven categories. The public can vote from 9am on 3 August and any vote cast before midday on 14 August will be counted

• There will be only one winner in each category. The seven winners will be announced during a special BBC 1 television programme transmitted later in the year

The National Lottery Awards are an annual search to find the UK’s favourite Lottery-funded projects, and celebrate the difference they make. Vote online now

www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/awards

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