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Friends of Linn Park wins People’s Millions TV vote

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The Peoples Millions
Release date:
25 11 2008

Friends of Linn Park’s White Beach Project in Glasgow is the people’s choice to win stv Central’s first People’s Millions grant of 2008. The good cause cash of £58,750 comes from the Big Lottery Fund’s People’s Millions TV contest.

Supporters voted for the project to win the grant in a closely fought head-to-head battle for the public’s votes screened on Monday 24th November on stv Central’s regional news programme, Scotland Today.

Viewers tuned in to vote for Friends of Linn Park’s White Beach project, which will transform a neglected and seldom used area of Linn Park into an accessible site for the whole community. This will allow the local wildlife and scenery to be enjoyed and will provide a relaxing and tranquil outdoor space.

Each night from 24th to 28th November, two projects from stv Central are being showcased on ITV regional evening news in a one-to-one contest to secure the most public votes and win a Big Lottery Fund award.

Telephone voting lines open from 9am to midnight on the day the projects appear on stv evening regional news and winners will be announced the following day. The telephone voting numbers will also be available in the Daily Mirror on the day of voting and from 9am each day on the Big Lottery Fund’s website, www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/peoplesmillions.

On Friday the final winner in each ITV region will be announced as well as an additional bonus award of up to £50,000 for the runner-up that gains the most votes.

Dharmendra Kanani, Big Lottery Fund Scotland Director, said: “This is great news for the people of Glasgow. It just goes to show what community projects can achieve when they have the support of local people. We've had some exceptional winners in previous years and this year already looks like following that strong tradition. This is about viewers helping to put the spirit back into these communities and doing their bit to support these projects which do such fantastic work.”

Michael Grade, Executive Chairman of ITV, said: “"ITV is delighted to be working in partnership with the Big Lottery Fund for the fourth successive year and supporting the People’s Millions.  The good work of projects across the UK  has proved to be life changing and now ITV regional news  viewers are able to help decide how this £5 million  worth of lottery grants will be awarded.”

The competition continued tonight, Tuesday November 25, when Corstorphine Youth and Community Centre’s Café & Drop in Centre project in Edinburgh comes up against Pinewood Parent Staff Association’s Special Needs Playground project from Blackburn, West Lothian.

And on Wednesday, November 26, The Glasgow Science Centre Charitable Trust’s People’s Play Park from Glasgow will be competing against the Friends of Centenery and West End Parks Viaduct Illumination project from Airdrie.

Finally on Thursday, November 27, Bankier Primary School’s Eco Attack project from Banknock takes on the Fusion project from Fort William.

The People’s Millions competition, in its fourth year, is running across 18 ITV regions*, with a total of 89 awards UK wide and up to £5 million of Big Lottery funding in the hands of the voting public.

Type talk users should dial 18001 before the number they want to vote for. Calls cost 10p per call from BT landlines and calls from other networks and from mobiles may be higher. No profits are made by ITV or the Big Lottery Fund from calls. Lines close at midnight tonight. Calls made after closing time won’t be counted, but may still be charged. Terms & conditions at www.itv.com/terms.

Further Information

Big Lottery Fund Press Office: 0141 242 1451
Out of Hours contact: 07789 033457
stv press contact: Anna Bondesson on 0141 300 3830

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 Border
ITV Central (East)
ITV Central (West)
ITV Granada
ITV London
ITV Meridian (South)
ITV Meridian (East)
ITV Thames Valley
ITV Tyne Tees
ITV Wales
ITV West
ITV Westcountry
ITV Yorkshire
STV Central
STV North

  • *89 awards are up for grabs across the UK – four winners plus one bonus award in each of the 18 ITV regions (except Thames Valley where there will be three awards and one bonus award).
  • Since the launch of The People’s Millions in 2005, the aim of the contest has been to fund projects that improve the quality of life of local communities through transforming the local environment.   
  • The Big Lottery Fund (BIG), the largest distributor of National Lottery good cause funding, is 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 and has been rolling out grants to health, education, environment and charitable causes across the UK since June 2004. The Fund was formally established by Parliament on 1 December 2006.
  • Since the National Lottery began in 1994, 28p from every pound spent by the public has gone to good causes. As a result, over £22 billion has now been raised and more than 300,500 grants awarded across arts, sport, heritage, charities, health, education and the environment.