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National Lottery Awards show presenter John Barrowman MBE.
National Lottery Awards show presenter John Barrowman MBE.
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Projects in Sunderland were handed £3million in National Lottery funding last year, it has been announced.

Seventy grants were given out in the city during 2016,providing a big boost to arts, sports and heritage projects alongside community groups helping those most in need.

Grants given included:

•£9,552 to Hendon Young People’s Project to expand their health and wellbeing activities and workshops.

•£9,855 to Food4Thought to pilot a 10-week-long interactive health education workshop for people with learning difficulties.

•£10,000 to Living History Limited (North East) to support the development and delivery of an inter-generational community outreach choir.

From today, these examples have the possibility of gaining nationwide acclaim by entering The National Lottery Awards 2017 – the annual search for the UK’s favourite Lottery-funded projects.

Winners will receive a £3,000 cash prize and national recognition at a glittering ceremony broadcast on BBC One.

John Barrowman MBE, presenter of the National Lottery Awards show, said: “The awards rightly put the focus on ordinary people doing extraordinary things with National Lottery funding, whose efforts go such a long way and are indeed changing lives.

“National Lottery players can be very proud to have contributed towards their fine work.”

To nominate a project in this year’s awards, tweet @LottoGoodCauses with your suggestions or call 0207 293 3329 to find out more and to enter.

Entries for the awards must be received by midnight on April 7.