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12th March 2019

A call for local projects to enter The 25th Birthday National Lottery Awards

2018 National Lottery Award Heritage Category winners, Heritage Ability

Thanks to National Lottery players, more than £39 billion of National Lottery funding has been raised for good causes across the UK since the National Lottery began almost 25 years ago.

Over 535,000 National Lottery grants have been awarded since 1994, helping to strengthen our communities, power our sports teams, protect the environment, unleash local creative talent and look after the elderly and those at risk.

From today, any organisation that has received National Lottery funding, has the chance to gain nationwide acclaim by entering the 25th Birthday National Lottery Awards – our search for the UK’s favourite ever National Lottery-funded projects.

National Lottery Awards winners will receive a £10,000 cash prize and national recognition at a glittering ceremony broadcast on BBC One later in the year.

Fiona Coldron (Center) with daughter Francesca (Left) and Something to look forward to patron, Lisa Faulkner (Right)

Last year, Fiona Coldron won the Special Achievement Award for her work with her family run charity ‘Something To Look Forward To.’ The charity supports thousands of families affected by cancer and the resulting financial hardship by providing 'gifts' and 'experiences' that have been donated by individuals and businesses.

Fiona says, “As a result of the National Lottery Award, ‘Something To Look Forward To’ has received both local and national press coverage which has resulted in us reaching and supporting more people affected by cancer. We also received new gift and experience donations including a flight in a helicopter as well as long term financial donors, both of which are imperative for our vital service to continue.”

Fiona’s daughter Francesca who also works for the charity said, “Seeing my mum win the National Lottery Award was one of the best moments of my life. I hope it motivates other people living with cancer to achieve big things despite their diagnosis.”

To enter your favourite project in this year’s National Lottery Awards, complete an entry form through our website https://www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/awards. Entries must be received by midnight on 30 April 2019.

To thank National Lottery players for making these achievements possible and to celebrate the massive difference The National Lottery has made – and continues to make – to lives of people across the UK, the National Lottery is working on a range of plans in the run-up to the 25th Birthday in November. Further details will be announced in due course.

Notes to editors



Funding figures provided are from 1994 to 2017. 2018 figures are not available yet.

Projects that are nominated must complete The 25th Birthday National Lottery Awards entry form

Shortlisted projects will compete in one round of public voting later in 2019 to determine the winner. All voting will be independently verified


Since The National Lottery began in 1994, National Lottery players have raised over £39 billion for projects and over 535,000 grants have been awarded across the UK

For more information about projects funded by The National Lottery or The National Lottery Awards visit www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk
and follow the campaign on Twitter: @LottoGoodCauses #NLAwards