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Six groups up for The People’s Million Lottery TV vote in ITV Yorkshire South

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The Peoples Millions
Release date:
30 10 2013

Six groups in ITV Yorkshire South have been shortlisted to battle for the public vote and £50,000 of Lottery cash in this year’s The People’s Millions TV competition.

Since The People’s Millions began in 2005 the competition has funded over 520 diverse community projects UK-wide with an incredible £27.8 million in Big Lottery Fund good cause money.

The People’s Millions 2013, which takes place on ITV Yorkshire South evening regional news during the week of November 25, will give six selected community groups across the region from Barnsley to Bassetlaw the opportunity to win the public vote on why they deserve a life changing Lottery award.

Each night two groups will make their bid for viewers’ support to take home up to £50,000, with the public voting by phone to decide who wins the prize.

There are three, £50,000 awards up for grabs in the region – one award for each night, as well as a bonus award for the runner up with the most phone votes across the week.

This is the eighth year that the Big Lottery Fund and ITV have given the public the chance to choose where the Lottery good cause cash goes in their region.

On Monday 25 November, the first two projects to run the gauntlet will be Elsecar Heritage Railway Limited’s project Cortonwood Coal Mining Memorial Park and Foresight North East Lincolnshire Limited’s Cultivating my Community. If Cortonwood Coal Mining Memorial Park pulls in the most votes they will use their winnings to create a memorial garden, picnic and play area on part of the old Cortonwood Colliery station site near Wombwell, to commemorate the 300 years of coal mining in South Yorkshire. The project will involve local mining communities and the park will be located where the year-long miners' strike began in 1984. But if Cultivating my Community secure a victory they will transform a piece of wasteland adjacent to social housing for adults with disabilities in Grimsby into a community garden for the tenants and the wider community. It will also provide horticultural training opportunities for tenants and other trainees.

On Tuesday 26 November Hathersage Parish Council’s Hathersage Skate Park will battle it out with Bassetlaw Play Forum’s  Never too Old to Play!. If Hathersage Skate Park pulls in the most phone votes they will provide a safe area for young people to take part in sociable, physical activity by creating a skate park within the village of Hathersage in Derbyshire’s Peak District. There is no similar facility in the area and there have been incidents of injury to young people skating in the local car park and business park. However, if Never too Old to Play! come out on top they will run an awards scheme in Worksop in Bassetlaw, Nottinghamshire to encourage children to take up new play challenges, develop ideas and create opportunities for others. Family fun days will encourage families to take part in creative play using recycled resources. The project will also offer volunteering opportunities to adults with learning disabilities.

On Wednesday 27 November, the final night of voting, Age UK Lincoln’s Active 80 project will take on North Ferriby Riding for the Disabled Group’s Kando project. If Active 80 tops the polls they will engage with the local community in Lincoln and turn two local day centres for older people into activity centres where they can enjoy spending time. A range of services will be delivered aimed at promoting better physical and mental health with an emphasis on social inclusion, including leisure and cultural activities and advice and welfare information. But if Kando get the most support they will offer a broad range of bespoke activities to groups and individuals with special needs at North Ferriby Riding for the Disabled which is located on the north bank of the Humber Estuary. The aim is to offer everyone whatever their ability the chance to take part in pursuits such as riding that they would otherwise be unable to try and will enable contact with animals and the chance to build trusting relationships, develop new skills and confidence. The project will also provide opportunities for volunteering. 

Voting numbers will be available on the day the projects are due to appear on ITV with Telephone voting lines* opening at 9am on each day and winners announced the following day.

Dawn Austwick Big Lottery Fund Chief Executive, said: “The highly imaginative range of projects shortlisted for The People’s Millions this year really will enable local lives to be changed by you. While it will undoubtedly present a challenge for the public to decide which good cause to choose, the end result is certain to benefit communities in need. We want to encourage everyone to show their support for the projects which capture their imagination, as every vote counts!”

Adam Crozier, Chief Executive of ITV plc, said: "We're looking forward to another great year with The People's Millions where local groups showcase inspiring projects in the ITV regions. The winners will each have up to £50,000 of Lottery money to make a real difference to the lives of people in their communities."

Further information

Big Lottery Fund Press Office: 020 7211 1888    Out of Hours contact: 07867 500 572
Full details of Big Lottery Fund programmes and grant awards are available at: www.biglotteryfund.org.uk

Notes to editors

ITV broadcast regions in The People’s Millions: ITV Anglia East; ITV Anglia West; ITV Central East; ITV Central West; ITV Granada; ITV London; ITV Meridian East; ITV Meridian West; ITV Tyne Tees; ITV Westcountry East; ITV Westcountry West, ITV Yorkshire North; ITV Yorkshire South; STV West; STV East; STV North; STV Borders ; UTV; and ITV Wales.

  • The People’s Millions is a partnership between Big Lottery Fund and ITV which gives the public the chance to have a say in how Lottery funding is spent in their community through a telephone vote.
  • The competition funds projects that improve the lives of people and communities across the UK. 
  • This year 76 awards of up to £50,000 are up for grabs across the UK – four awards in each ITV region (including a bonus award for the runner-up with the highest number of votes).
  • To date 523 good causes across the UK have been awarded grants through the contest, sharing in £27.8 million of Lottery funding. Close to three million votes have been cast by the public.
  • For more information on shortlisted groups, visit The People’s Millions website www.peoplesmillions.org.uk
  • As in previous years, ITV and the Big Lottery Fund will use a low cost premium rate telephone number. ITV and Big do not make a profit from the voting telephone numbers.
  • The Big Lottery Fund, the largest distributor of National Lottery good cause funding, is responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised for good causes by the National Lottery.
  • The Fund is committed to bringing real improvements to communities and the lives of people most in need and has been rolling out grants to health, education, environment and charitable causes across the UK. Since its inception in June 2004 the Fund has awarded close to £6 bn.
  • Since the National Lottery began in 1994, 28p from every pound spent by the public has gone to good causes. As a result, over £30 billion has now been raised and more than 400,000 grants awarded across arts, sport, heritage, charities, health, education and the environment.