Health Forum takes top award

Tony Doherty, Joanne Smtih, Trevor McNulty and Laura McGuinness form the Bogside and Brandywell Health Forum celebrate their sucess at the Big Lottery awards. (2311SL102) Photo: Stephen Latimer
Tony Doherty, Joanne Smtih, Trevor McNulty and Laura McGuinness form the Bogside and Brandywell Health Forum celebrate their sucess at the Big Lottery awards. (2311SL102) Photo: Stephen Latimer
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The Bogside and Brandywell Health Forum has won a prestigious National Lottery Award after coming first in the public vote.

The healthy living centre picked up the Best Health Project Award in the National Lottery, beating other finalists from across the UK.

Tony Doherty, manager of the Health Forum, said; “It’s fantastic that our work in the community has been recognised with this award, particularly because it is decided by the public. We’d like to thank everyone who supported us and voted for us to win.”

Jackie O’Sullivan from the National Lottery congratulated the group on the “life-changing difference” the Forum makes to local communities.

“The National Lottery Awards recognise the life-changing difference that Lottery-funded projects make to communities and Bogside & Brandywell Health Forum is a shining example of this. Winning this award is an amazing achievement and everyone involved should be very proud,” she said.

Mr Dherty also said winning the prize is a good news story for the entire city.

“The entire staff, Board of Directors and volunteers of the Health Forum are totally delighted to have won this important and prestigious award. Our ground-breaking work over the years has now been recognised at the level it deserves. It is fantastic news for the Bogside & Brandywell and indeed for the entire city of Derry.”

The Bogside and Brandywell Health Forum campaigned in the competition alongside fellow north west charity, Achieving Something Special, an Eglinton-based support group which provides creative space for young people, with learning difficulties.

The group finished runner-up in the Best Arts Project category in the awards.

Both groups appeared on televison during the National Lottery draw while campaigning for public votes.