VIDEO: Something Special for TV stardom

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Member of the Eglinton-based Achieving Something Special Project will become televison stars tomorrow evening when they appear on the National Lottery broadcast.

The group, which provides a creative space for adults with learning difficulties, is in the final of the National Lottery Good Causes awards, and will be appearing on tomorrow night’s National Lottery; Secret Fortune to attract public votes.

Members of the Achieving Something Special group getting ready for their television appearance on tomorrow evening's National Lottery broadcast. (0510MM20)

Members of the Achieving Something Special group getting ready for their television appearance on tomorrow evening's National Lottery broadcast. (0510MM20)

Achieving Something Special is competing against two other projects across the UK in the Best Arts Project category of the National Lottery Good Causes awards in the hope of winning the coveted trophy and a £2,000 prize.

The prizemoney would help the group expand its existing operation of providing creative arts space for adults with learning difficulties, including arts, crafts and music workshops.

The group has already attracted considerable public support to get through to the final of the competition and have now appealed for well wishers and supporters to get behind their campaign to take the top prize.

Achieving Something Special’s campaign has already been endorsed by the Mayor of Derry, councillor Kevin Campbell, and the ‘Derry Journal.’

Denise White of Achieving Something Special said winning the award would not only help the group financially but would also be an acknowledgement of the work it has already done.

“We’re delighted to have reached the 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. To appear on national TV is very exciting and it will help raise the awareness of what projects such as ours can achieve.”

There are seven categories in the National Lottery Awards that reflect the main areas of Lottery funding: arts, sport, heritage, health, environment, education and voluntary/charity. The public are able to vote for their favourite projects in these categories until Sunday 28 October 2012 at www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/awards. The winners will be celebrated at a special star-studded show on BBC One later in the year.