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Community champions join National Lottery funding teams

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Release date:
5 3 2018

Five people from across Wales have been selected to help decide how National Lottery money is invested in improving the lives of thousands of people across Wales.

Helen Wilkinson, of Denbighshire, and Nicola Russell-Brooks, of Swansea, have joined the Big Lottery Fund Wales Committee and will now support The Fund in overseeing how millions of pounds of National Lottery money will be invested throughout Wales.

Helen is the Chief Executive of Denbighshire Voluntary Services Council and has previously worked for Parliament, BBC News and Current Affairs, and Welsh Council for Voluntary Action, where she led their policy and influencing work on anti-poverty and European Cohesion Policy 2014-2020.

Nicola runs her own micro-business in West Wales that supports older people to maintain their independence. She is also a mentor for Business Wales and a volunteer for Breast Cancer Care Wales, and was previously Chief Executive of Age Cymru Swansea Bay where she led the charity through a new model of social enterprise of working in partnership with the local private sector to meet the needs of older people in Swansea.

Furthermore, Ceri Pritchard, Founder of Resolven Building Blocks in Neath, Dylan Gallanders, student at Bath University and Ambassador for National Lottery Promotions Unit, and Ella Fon Williams, of Conwy Council, have all joined the People and Places committee. They will play a part in deciding how National Lottery money will be used from the Big Lottery Fund Wales’ flagship large-grants programme that offers grants between £10,001 and £500,000.

Delighted to be a part of the Wales Committee, Nicola added: “I am thrilled and very honoured to have been appointed to the Wales committee.  I look forward to helping people in Wales use the funding available to them to develop services that really get results for them and builds on their strengths.”

Helen added: "I am delighted and honoured to be joining the Wales Committee. I have great admiration and respect for the work of the Big Lottery Fund, and the many organisations and individuals benefitting from the funding, advice and support the Fund provides. I look forward to contributing to the organisation's vision of putting People in the Lead and to acting as an ambassador for the Fund's work in Wales, to highlighting the great work being done by organisations and community groups and doing everything I can to spread the message about how important the National Lottery is to communities across Wales."

Further Information:

Alexander Davies - Big Lottery Fund Press Office: 029 2067 8236
Public Enquiries Line: 0300 123 0735                           Text Relay: 18001+0300 123 0735
Full details of the Big Lottery Fund programmes and grant awards are available at: www.biglotteryfund.org.uk
Follow Big Lottery Fund Wales on Twitter: www.twitter.com/biglotterywales
Find Big Lottery Fund Wales on Facebook: www.facebook.com/biglotteryfundwales

• The Big Lottery Fund supports the aspirations of people who want to make life better for their communities across the UK. We are responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised by the National Lottery and invest over £650 million a year in projects big and small in health, education, environment and charitable purposes.
• Since June 2004 we have awarded over £6.5 billion to projects that make a difference to people and communities in need, from early years intervention to commemorative travel funding for World War Two veterans.
• Since the National Lottery began in 1994, £34 billion has been raised and more than 500,000 grants awarded.