Vote for local projects in National Lottery Awards

Felicity McCall, from the WW1 shared history project, We Were Brothers, which has been nominated for a National Lottery Award.
Felicity McCall, from the WW1 shared history project, We Were Brothers, which has been nominated for a National Lottery Award.
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Derry people have been urged to cast their vote in the National Lottery Awards to help two local groups get through to the final.

The annual awards recognise the difference that Lottery-funded projects make to local communities.

The cross community WW1 shared history project “We Were Brothers” has been nominated in the Best Heritage Project category and will battle against nine other nominees to win the title.

“We Were Brothers” is a play, a DVD, a book, an interactive website and a youth projects remembering the heritage of Nationalist and Unionist soldiers fighting side by side for the British Army during WW1.

Handful Productions, the group behind the successful project, is delighted that the youth version of the project continues to tour Ireland, the UK and beyond.

It provides constructive debate on issues, from reconciliation and identity to flags and the ethics of international warfare.

Voting lines open today. To register a vote for We Were Brothers call 0844 836 9717 or log onto

Dungiven based charity “Hands That Talk”has been nominated in the Best Voluntary/Charity Project category.

The organisation has improved the quality of life for deaf people across the North West by providing access to employment, education and services.

It has also promoted a much more deaf aware society, where communication barriers have been broken down.

Hands That Talk has helped to train much needed new interpreters, therefore giving the Deaf Community increased access to communication support. To register a vote for Hands That Talk call 0844 836 9736 or log onto

This year’s National Lottery Awards are supported by Lottery Draw Show presenter Jenni Falconer. She urged people to get behind their local projects and vote.

“I love The National Lottery Awards because they really pay tribute to all the unsung heroes, selfless volunteers and dedicated workers across the UK who are using Lottery funding to make a real difference to local people, places and communities.

National Lottery players raise a massive £28 million a week for charities and groups - big and small - across the UK. Everyone who plays the Lottery should feel proud that they have helped such a wide variety of projects – including arts, sport, heritage and community groups – there’s quite literally something for everyone.

“Now it’s your chance to have your say and vote for your favourite. Please get behind your local project and vote to get them through to the final - every vote counts!”

The winning project in each of the categories will receive national recognition at a star-studded event later this year, broadcast on BBC One, as well as a £2,000 cash prize to spend on their project.

Voting begins this morning and lines will close on Monday June 20.