Lotto cash for Western Isles

Entertainer John Barrowman, says: "The National Lottery raises �30 million a week for Good Causes and the Awards are a great way of celebrating the life changing difference these projects make to communities.National Lottery players in the Western Isles should be proud of the difference they are making to people in the area."
Entertainer John Barrowman, says: "The National Lottery raises �30 million a week for Good Causes and the Awards are a great way of celebrating the life changing difference these projects make to communities.National Lottery players in the Western Isles should be proud of the difference they are making to people in the area."

Good causes in the Western Isles received more than £2.3 million of National Lottery funding in 2012, according to figures released today (Monday)

More than 45 grants were awarded in the Eilean Siar council region last year, providing a vital cash boost to local arts, sport and heritage projects and community groups helping the area’s most vulnerable people.

In the last year grants have included:

£1,760 awarded to Stornoway Running and Athletics Club to provide Run, Jump Throw sessions to under 12s and adult beginners.

North Harris Trust received £32,000 to develop three business units close to the centre of Tarbert to attract three new businesses to the area,

Now these projects, and any organisation which has received Lottery funding in the last 18 years, have a chance to gain national recognition for their work as the National Lottery Awards 2013 open for entries.

John Barrowman, presenter of last year’s National Lottery Awards show, said: “The National Lottery raises £30 million a week for Good Causes and the Awards are a great way of celebrating the life changing difference these projects make to communities.

“National Lottery players in the Western Isles should be proud of the difference they are making to people in the area. The National Lottery Awards recognise the unsung heroes, dedicated workers and selfless volunteers making great use of Lottery funding. 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 the Western Isles celebrated in this year’s National Lottery Awards, visit: website to find out more or call 0207 293 3599.

The Awards are now open for entries and any projects wishing to enter can do so by visiting the website. Entries must be received by 9am on March 19th.