£8million Lotto boost for Derry in 2013

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The National Lottery gave more than £8million to good causes in Derry last year, it has been revealed.

A total of 118 Lottery grants were awarded in the city in 2013 - including £784,400 to the Inner City Building Trust for the renovation of the old Northern Counties building and £337,835 to the Caw and Nelson Drive Action Group to for their Golden Years project.

Now these projects, and any organisation which has received Lottery funding, have a chance to gain national recognition for their work as the National Lottery Awards 2014 open for entries.

Previous winners from Derry include the Bogside and Brandywell Health Forum and writer Felicity McCall’s World War 1 drama ‘We Were Brothers.’

John Barrowman, presenter of last year’s National Lottery Awards show, said: “The Awards area a great way of celebrating their work and the unsung heroes helping people with National Lottery funding.

“Everyone in Derry who plays the National Lottery should be proud of the difference their money is making in the local community. If you know of a Lottery-funded organisation that deserves to be nominated, we want to hear from you.”

The National Lottery Awards have seven categories - each reflecting an area of Lottery funding: Sport; Heritage; Arts; Environment; Health; Education; and Voluntary/Charity.

The winners of The National Lottery Awards will receive a £2,000 cash prize and national recognition at a star-studded event broadcast on BBC One later this year.

If you want to see a project from Derry celebrated in this year’s National Lottery Awards, visit www.nationallotteryawards.org.uk to find out more or call 0207 293 3599.

Projects wishing to enter can do so by visiting the website. Entries must be received by midnight on March 12 2014.