Local projects in running for Lottery awards

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Two local groups have made it through to the semi finals of the 2012 National Lottery Awards - and they need your help to get to the final.

Something Special, based in Eglinton, who use the creative arts to empower adults with learning disabilities, and the Bogside & Brandywell Health Forum, which pioneers community based health promotion, are in the running for the Best Arts Project category and Best Health Project respectively.

Public voting now determines which projects make it through to the televised final. Voting got underway on Tuesday and runs until July 22.

Teresa Livingstone, Director of Something Special, says making it to the semi finals is a “superb acknowledgement for our staff and volunteers.”

“We’re delighted to have reached the semi-finals of The National Lottery Awards and it’s a superb acknowledgement for our staff and volunteers.

“At Achieving Something Special, National Lottery funding has not only built a creative space for adults with learning disabilities to work but also a welcoming community.

“It has become an important part of the lives of people who can often feel isolated and excluded from the arts, education and society.”

Tony Doherty, manager of the Bogside & Brandywell Health Forum, says National Lottery funding has been crucial to the success of the project.

“Many serious health issues have been tackled by the Bogside and Brandywell Health Forum and we are making a real difference in the community. National Lottery funding also enabled us to create a sustainable Forum which continues to have a major impact on health improvement in the local community and beyond.”

The local groups are two of five projects vying to win their respective categories in the UK wide awards.

To vote for Achieving Something Special call 0844 836 9670

To vote for Bogside & Brandywell Health Forum call 0844 836 9702 - or log on to www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/awards.

The three projects in each category with the highest number of votes will go through to the final round of public voting later this summer.

The awards’ final are televised on BBC One later this year.