Search launched for Sunderland's 'lockdown legends' who have supported community during Covid-19 outbreak

Is there someone special living in your community who deserves recognition for their hard work during the coronavirus pandemic?

Wednesday, 8th July 2020, 4:31 pm

Sunderland families are being asked to nominate the ‘lockdown legends’ where they live for this year’s National Lottery Awards.

For the first time, the awards will look to honour individual people who have made an extraordinary impact in their communities, especially those who have adapted what they do and how they work during the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak.

Sunderland good causes received almost £4.5million in National Lottery funding in 2018/19 – and those who win in this year’s awards will receive a £3,000 cash prize for their organisation’s work.

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The 2020 National Lottery Awards are looking to recognise people across a number of sectors including arts, education, health and charity.

Jonathan Tuchner, from the National Lottery, said: “Now, more than ever, people have rallied together, and individuals are performing inspirational acts and extraordinary endeavours to help in cities, towns and villages up and down the country.

“Thanks to National Lottery players, up to £600million has been made available to support communities throughout the UK amid the coronavirus crisis.

“People have used National Lottery funding in amazing ways during these challenging times. We want to honour them as part of this year’s National Lottery Awards and recognise their selfless dedication and thank them for their fantastic work.”

All nominees must work or act for a National Lottery-funded organisation or have received National Lottery funding.

The deadline for nominations, which can be made on the National Lottery website or social media, is midnight on Wednesday, August 9.

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