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Lottery’s millions help local groups

HOWZAT: Peter Mockett, chairman of Chorley Cricket Club, which has received funding from the National Lottery to improve its pavilion

HOWZAT: Peter Mockett, chairman of Chorley Cricket Club, which has received funding from the National Lottery to improve its pavilion

More than £4.7m of National Lottery funding was invested in Chorley last year, it has been revealed.

Grants have been given to 31 organisations in Chorley, providing vital cash boosts to arts, sport, heritage and community groups.

They included £179,411 to Lancashire West Citizens Advice Bureau to increase collaborative working and £50,000 to Chorley Cricket Club for the refurbishment of its pavilion and an extension.

And £10,000 was given to Brothers of Charity’s Network 50+ to deliver a programme of social, educational and health activities for older people, together with dementia awareness training for volunteers.

The projects now have the chance to gain national recognition for their work as the National Lottery Awards 2014 open for entries.

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

“The awards are a great way of celebrating their work and the unsung heroes, helping people with National Lottery funding.

“Everyone in Chorley who plays the National Lottery should be proud of the difference their money is making in the local community.

“If you know of a Lottery-funded organisation that deserves to be nominated, we want to hear from you.”

The winners of the National Lottery Awards will receive a £2,000 cash prize at a star-studded event broadcast on BBC1 later this year.

To see a project from Chorley celebrated at this year’s awards ceremony, visit www.nationallotteryawards.org.uk to find out more or call 0207 293 3599.

Projects wishing to enter can do so by visiting the website before midnight on Wednesday, March 12.

 

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