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£150,000 of National Lottery funding has been won across ITV West Country East

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The Peoples Projects
Release date:
6 4 2017

Three projects across ITV West Country East have each won up to £50,000 of National Lottery funding to support their local communities.

Age Concern Forest of Dean, Freewheelers Emergency Volunteer Service (Weston) Blood Bikes and The Magdalen Environmental Trust won the most public votes in The People’s Projects, which saw 95 projects across the UK compete for grants to develop their work further.

The People’s Projects is a partnership between the Big Lottery Fund, ITV/STV and The National Lottery which gives the public the chance to decide how £3 million of National Lottery funding could make a difference in their local area.

The three projects that received the most public votes in ITV West Country East are:

Catering with compassion: Meals for the Forest of Dean elderly by Age Concern Forest of Dean in Cinderford, which received £15,120 to expand their activities to reach more people in the area by recruiting further volunteers for their meals-on-wheels and befriending service. This will help older people to continue living in their own homes with independence and dignity in their later years, and reduce social isolation. They provide affordable and nutritious meals, regular checks on people's wellbeing, and advice and assistance when needed.

Wheels to save lives by Freewheelers Emergency Volunteer Service (Weston) Blood Bikes in Bristol, which was awarded £30,000 to purchase two additional blood bikes, as NHS hospitals, minor injuries units, birthing centres, district nurses, nursing homes and hospices continue to request help to transport a wide range of items. The project will also support air ambulance teams, as being able to transfuse blood at the scene of an accident has a visible impact on the pre-hospital treatment they are able to provide.

Family breaks for children with autism by The Magdalen Environmental Trust in Chard, which got a grant of £42,900 to deliver a series of respite weekends for children and young people with autistic spectrum disorders and their families, to strengthen relationships with each other and their local communities. Families will spend time together on the group's organic farm, getting involved with activities such as animal feeding and egg collecting. Children will be able to improve their social skills while parents can engage with people who understand their concerns.

Dawn Austwick, Big Lottery Fund Chief Executive, said: “We are proud to be supporting this year’s winners in The People’s Projects. They are using National Lottery funding to bring people together and give them the opportunity to build their skills, make new friends and learn from one another. We want to congratulate these great projects and look forward to seeing the positive difference they make to local communities.”

Films and more information on each of the projects are available at www.thepeoplesprojects.org.uk

Since 2005, around £39 million has been awarded through the Big Lottery Fund, the National Lottery and ITV/STV partnership to 865 Good Causes across the UK.

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Notes to Editors:

  • The National Lottery was created in 1994 with the ambition of changing lives across the nation. To date, over 4,400 new millionaires have been created and over £36 billion has been raised for Good Cause projects.
  • Every time you play The National Lottery, you are making a difference, by contributing towards the staggering £30 million raised every week for good causes. Every part of the UK is reached, and over 500,000 projects have been funded, averaging 160 projects per postcode. These projects help to build local communities, power sports teams, save the environment, unleash creative talent, empower the elderly, unlock young potential and help change our nation for the better.
  • The People’s Projects is a partnership between the Big Lottery Fund, ITV and the National Lottery which gives the public the chance to have a say in how National Lottery funding is spent in their community.
  • The competition funds projects that improve the lives of people and communities across the UK.
  • This year 57 awards of up to £50,000 are up for grabs across the UK – three awards in each ITV region.
  • For more information on shortlisted groups and voting visit www.thepeoplesprojects.org.uk
  • The Big Lottery Fund is the largest funder of community activity in the UK. We put people in the lead to improve their lives and communities, often through small, local projects.
  • We are responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised by National Lottery players for good causes. Last year we awarded £583 million and supported around 12,000 projects across the UK for health, education, environment and charitable purposes.
  • Since June 2004 we have awarded over £8 billion to projects that change the lives of millions of people.