A WARRINGTON project is appealing for votes after reaching the finals of the 25th Birthday National Lottery Awards.
The Great Sankey Neighbourhood is competing in the Best Sport Project category. They beat off stiff competition from more than 700 organisations to reach the public voting stage in this year’s National Lottery Awards, which celebrate the inspirational people and projects who do extraordinary things with the help of National Lottery funding.
The project with the most votes will be crowned the winner and receive a £10,000 cash prize, an iconic National Lottery Awards trophy and attend a star-studded glittering awards ceremony to be broadcast on BBC One in November.
The Great Sankey Neighbourhood is a longstanding leisure centre that has been reformed thanks to funding from the National Lottery. The 40-year-old community facility is the first UK dementia-friendly hub, boasting a library, fitness suite, sports hall, and Garden Spa.
Emma Hutchinson, Managing Director at LiveWire, said: “We are very delighted to learn that The Great Sankey Neighbourhood Hub has been shortlisted as a finalist in the Sport category in the 25th Birthday National Lottery Awards.
“National Lottery funding played a key role in the redevelopment of Great Sankey Neighbourhood Hub, a facility that is bringing huge health and wellbeing benefits to local people already, and will continue to do so for many years to come. We hope the public will vote for Great Sankey Neighbourhood Hub as it would mean so much to us, and those who use Great Sankey Neighbourhood Hub, to receive this award.”
Jonathan Tuchner, from the National Lottery, added: “It’s thanks to National Lottery players, who raise more than £30 million each week for good causes, that brilliant projects like those in the finals of the National Lottery Awards are possible.
“The Great Sankey Neighbourhood Hub is doing an incredible job in its local community and the work they do is hugely impressive. They thoroughly deserve to be in the finals of the 25th Birthday National Lottery Awards and with your support they could be a winner.”
To vote go to lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/awards. You can also follow the campaign on Twitter: hashtag #NLAwards. Voting runs from 9am on July 24 until midnight on August 21.
The award categories reflect the main areas of National Lottery funding: heritage, sport, arts, culture and film, community and charity, sporting legend which will be decided by a public vote alongside lifetime achievement, young hero, special recognition, and twelve local legend awards, which will be selected by a panel made up of representatives from the National Lottery family.
The first National Lottery draw took place on November 19, 1994. The 25th birthday is a moment to celebrate the extraordinary impact The National Lottery has had on the UK and, most importantly, to say thank you to National Lottery players for contributing tens of millions of pounds every week to good causes.
Whilst The National Lottery is all about winning – with more than 5,100 millionaires created – its primary purpose is all about giving. National Lottery players have raised more than £40 billion for good causes in the areas of arts, sport, heritage and community over the past 25 years. More than 565,000 National Lottery grants have been awarded since 1994, the equivalent of around 200 life-changing projects in every UK postcode district helping to strengthen communities, deliver sporting success, protect the environment, unleash local creative talent and look after the elderly and those at risk.
Cllr Tony Higgins, cabinet member for leisure and community at Warrington Borough Council, said: “It’s great news that the Great Sankey Neighbourhood Hub has been shortlisted for this prestigious award. The Hub is a fantastic symbol of what can be achieved with the support of National Lottery Funding – delivering first-class, inclusive community facilities which make a huge difference to people’s lives.
“Our investment in the hub – one of the first such facilities globally to achieve dementia-friendly status – is part of our work to create new opportunities for local people to get active, discover a new hobby and improve their wellbeing. It’s already a tremendous asset for the north of Warrington, with something for everyone. Winning this award would be the icing on the cake!”