08:30 Sunday 09 February 2014

Uttoxeter good causes get Lottery cash

Written byJENNY MOODY

GOOD causes across Uttoxeter have benefited from more than £1.5 million of Lottery cash.

The National Lottery has revealed across East Staffordshire 23 grants were awarded, providing a vital cash boost to local arts, sport and heritage and community groups helping the area’s most vulnerable people.

In the town in 2013 a grant of £2,525 was awarded to the Uttoxeter Drop In Centre for a healthy eating and cooking skills programme for young people and Woodlands Village Hall benefited from £4,680 for improvement works. The East Staffordshire Community and Voluntary Service also received £240,000 to help it continue to support volunteering in the local community.

Now these projects, and any causes which has received Lottery funding, have a chance to gain national recognition for their work as the National Lottery Awards 2014 opens for entries.

Television star John Barrowman, presenter of last year’s awards show, said: “National Lottery players raise £33 million every week for a wide range of projects which make a life changing difference to local communities.

“Everyone in Uttoxeter who plays the Lottery should be proud of the difference their money is making.”

The winners of the awards will receive a £2,000 prize and national recognition at a star-studded event broadcast on BBC One.

Anyone who wants to see a town project celebrated is asked to visit www.nationallotteryawards.org.uk or call 0207 2933599 before midnight on March 12.

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