A CHARITY, which helps bereaved children, has reached the finals of this year’s National Lottery Awards.
Dragonflies @ FSN (Fellowship of St Nicholas), based in London Road, St Leonards, could win a £2,000 cash prize but needs the public’s vote.
The awards are an annual search to find the UK’s favourite Lottery-funded projects, and they recognise and celebrate the difference that Lottery-funded projects make to communities across the UK.
The National Lottery Awards have seven categories - each reflecting an area of Lottery funding, namely sport, heritage, arts, environment, health, education and voluntary/charity.
Dragonflies @ FSN is one of only seven projects to make it through to the finals in the Best Voluntary Group Project category.
The charity supports children and young people aged five to 18 who are in the process of being bereaved or who are bereaved. Since starting in 2005 the project has helped more than 1,300 children and young people who have lost a mum, dad, brother, sister or member of their family, significant friend or relative.
“The Big Lottery Fund has helped to provide qualified staff to deliver peer group support sessions and family events to help lessen the impact of bereavement on the family.
Lesley Brown, manager of Dragonflies @ FSN, said: “We are delighted that Dragonflies @ FSN has made it into the finals of the National Lottery Awards. National Lottery funding allows us to give life-changing support to children and young people at traumatic times in their lives.
“We’d really appreciate people voting for us to be crowned the UK’s Best Voluntary/Charity project. It would be fantastic for everyone at Dragonflies to get national recognition for their hard work.
“To win the award would be quite exceptional and would help raise the profile of Dragonflies and FSN to a wider audience.
“It would also be really good for Hastings to be highlighted as having the best national voluntary group project that can offer such specialist support for children and young people at a crucial time in their lives.”
Voting for the finals ends at midnight on July 23. To register your vote for Dragonflies @ FSN call 0844 836 9714 or log on to www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/awards.