Six Scotland-based projects need local votes as they aim for nationwide acclaim on BBC One in this year’s National Lottery Awards.
Glasgow Piano City and Lung Ha Theatre Company in Edinburgh are among the contenders who have reached the final of this year’s Awards which are the annual search for the UK’s favourite Lottery-funded projects.
Grow Wild, Beach Wheelchairs in North Berwick, Ceòlas Uibhist, and The Great Trossachs Forest Gateways Project are also in with a chance of winning having beaten off stiff competition from over 600 organisations to reach the public voting stage.
The winners of the seven National Lottery Awards categories will each get a £3,000 cash prize to spend on their project, an iconic National Lottery Awards trophy and attend a star-studded glittering Awards ceremony in London, broadcast on BBC One in September.
TV star and actor John Barrowman will be presenting the National Lottery Awards for the sixth time this year. He says:
“The National Lottery Awards are a great way to shine a spotlight on outstanding lottery-funded projects. Now in their 13th year, the Awards celebrate the talent and dedication of the amazing staff and volunteers that run incredible life-changing Lottery funded projects for the benefit of their communities and the people who live in them.
“Your local projects have worked very hard to become finalists and they now need your support because the project with the most votes in each category will be crowned the winner.
“Projects receive funding thanks to National Lottery players who raise £36 million every single week for Good Causes across the UK including these six fantastic Scottish finalists.”
The six National Lottery Award finalists from Scotland are:
• Beach Wheelchairs – competing in the Charity/Voluntary Category
Beach Wheelchairs is a charity that loans specially designed wheelchairs to people with physical disabilities. These wheelchairs mean that people can get onto the sand at the beach and be included in activities with their family and friends - something that is nearly impossible in a standard wheelchair. To vote for Beach Wheelchairs, please go to lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/awards or telephone 0844 836 9713.
• Grow Wild Project – competing in the Environment Category. In Scotland, Grow Wild has over 80 youth and community projects and since 2014 has been reaching thousands of people across Scotland and transforming spaces with colour, beauty and wild life. In addition, around 175,000 people have been sowing native wild flower seeds all over Scotland having requested the Free Grow Wild seed packets and seed kits. To vote for Grow Wild Project, please go to lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/awards or telephone 0844 836 9678.
• Ceòlas Uibhist – competing in the Heritage Category
Ceòlas Uibhist is an annual week-long music and dance school which preserves and celebrates Gaelic heritage in South Uist. The event marks its 20th anniversary this year and the charity behind it has grown into one of Scotland’s leading cultural, heritage and arts groups. To vote for Ceòlas Uibhist, please go to lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/awards or telephone 0844 836 9676.
• Glasgow Piano City – competing in the Arts Category
Glasgow Piano City brings music, art and people together, embedding permission to play into the fabric of the city. The project has redistributed 35 piano donations in only two years and maintains 20 pianos in public places, for people to play freely. To vote for Glasgow Piano City, please go to lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/awards or telephone 0844 836 9706.
• Great Trossachs Gateways Project – competing in the Environment Category
Great Trossachs Gateways Project is benefiting the UK’s largest National Nature Reserve in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. Lottery funding has enabled the creation of a connected mosaic of native woodlands and upland habitats and delivered visitor facilities promoting discovery, enjoyment and appreciation of the landscape. To vote for the Great Trossachs Forest Gateways Project, please go to lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/awards or telephone 0844 836 9682.
• Lung Ha Theatre Company – competing in the Arts Category
Lung Ha Theatre Company creates professional productions with performers who have learning disabilities. The Company has up to 25 performers, with two productions created each year, and auditions on an annual basis. Lung Ha Theatre Company creates dynamic and challenging work that is the equal of more “mainstream” creative output. To vote for Lung Ha Theatre Company, please go to lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/awards or telephone 0844 836 9707.
Follow the campaign on twitter: hashtag #NLAwards. Voting runs for four weeks from 9am on Wednesday, June 22, until midnight on Wednesday, July 20.
There are seven projects competing for votes across seven categories, reflecting the main areas of National Lottery funding: arts, sport, heritage, health, environment, education and voluntary/charity.