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Isle of Sheppey sailing club prove victorious in People’s Millions comp

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South East England
The Peoples Millions
Release date:
23 11 2010

The Isle of Sheppey Sailing Club’s Sailability project near Sheerness has beaten off stiff competition to win a £41,171 Big Lottery Fund grant following a nail-biting head-to-head on ITV Meridian (East) last night.

It is fantastic news for the project which will use their winnings to refurbish and extend the inside facilities at the Isle of Sheppey sailing club, improving access for disabled users and increasing the overall changing room capacity.

This is the sixth consecutive year the Big Lottery Fund and ITV have given viewers the good cause chequebook to decide where Lottery cash should go. The public vote determines which worthy cause will win the contest and take the funding back to their community.

Every night this week (November 22-25), two projects are going head-to-head on ITV Meridian (East) evening news pitching for their share of the week’s £250,000 total prize pot.

As well as capturing hearts and minds with their TV bid, the projects will also have to mobilise as many phone votes as they can on the day, with lines opening on the morning they are due to appear on ITV Meridian (East).

The project telephone voting numbers will be made available each day in The Daily Mirror and online from 9am each day at www.peoplesmillions.org.uk.

In addition to the contest winners each night, the runner-up that polls the most votes across the week will secure their own £50,000 extra prize pot on Friday.

Fiona Dempsie, Big Lottery Fund’s Head of the South East region, said: “This is a great result for the people of Sheerness, and just goes to show what groups can achieve when they have the support of their community behind them. There are some excellent projects still to be showcased, so I urge people to tune in to ITV Meridian, pick up the phone and vote for their favourite project.”

Adam Crozier, Chief Executive of ITV plc, said: “This is a great opportunity for ITV viewers to have their say on how thousands of pounds of Lottery money, set aside for good causes, can benefit their area. Their support has been terrific so far and I would encourage people to continue backing their local projects.”

The contest continues tonight Tuesday, November 23, when the Herne Bay Improvement and Conservation Trust’s Bay Arts and Culture Centre project will battle it out with the Bohemia Walled Garden Association’s Restoration of Community Walled Garden project in Hastings.

Wednesday 24 November’s head to head will see Southlands Amateur Boxing Club’s Pebsham off the hook project in Bexhill-on-Sea pitched against The Angmering School’s Saturday Club project in West Sussex.

Finally on Thursday, November 25, the The Alkham Valley Community Project’s Disabled Riding Centre project in Kent will take on Joy Lane Primary School’s Community Swimming Pool project in Whitstable.

This year across the UK £3.8 million will be awarded by the public through The People’s Millions. Over the last four years the programme has handed out £21 million to 388 good causes across the UK with more than two million votes cast by the public.

Further Information

Big Lottery Fund Press Office: 020 7211 1888
Out of Hours contact: 07867 500 572
ITV Press Contact: James Macleod on 020 7156 7236
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; ITV Border; ITV Central; ITV Granada; ITV London; ITV Meridian East of region; ITV Meridian West of the region; ITV Tyne Tees; ITV Wales; ITV West; ITV Westcountry; ITV Yorkshire; stv Central; stv North; UTV

Key People’s Millions dates for forward planning diaries:

22-26 November 2010: People's Millions competition televised on ITV Meridian (East)

  • The People’s Millions is a partnership between BIG 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 75 awards of up to £50,000 are up for grabs across the UK – five awards in each ITV region (including a bonus award for the runner-up with the highest number of votes).
  • To date 388 good causes have been awarded grants through the contest, sharing in over £21 million of Lottery funding. More than two 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 (BIG) is the largest distributor of National Lottery good cause funding, responsible for giving out half the money raised for good causes by the National Lottery. BIG is committed to bringing real improvements to communities and the lives of people most in need.
  • Since the National Lottery began in 1994, 28p from every pound spent by the public has gone to good causes. As a result, over £25 billion has now been raised and more than 330,000 grants awarded across arts, sport, heritage, charities, health, education and the environment.