Hunt for top projects funded by the lottery

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PROJECTS in Hastings and St Leonards received a staggering £7million of lottery funding last year – and now the hunt is on to honour those that made the biggest difference.

The National Lottery Awards celebrate the good causes which have received cash and gone on to achieve great things in the local community. A host of sports clubs, charities and community groups have received money over the years and with £7 million flowing into 1066 Country between 2009 and 2010, there are plenty of worthy nominees out there.

Local projects to benefit include the Sussex Heritage Trust which is working to restore Old St Helen’s Church off The Ridge, the Sussex St John’s Ambulance for its work with homeless people who come into the Conquest Hospital, and the Friends of Hollington United who refurbished their Wishing Tree Road North ground.

Finalists in the contest’s seven categories – sport, heritage, arts, the environment, health, education and charity/voluntary – will feature in a star-studded gala evening to be shown on BBC1.

Rebecca Gowrley, of The National Lottery Awards, said: “Lottery players raise £28 million every week for projects both large and small. The awards recognise how those projects put that money to good use and celebrate the people behind them who work so tirelessly to make their organisations a success.”

And she called on people to come forward and enter: “If a lottery-funded project has had a positive impact on your local area, made a real difference to your life or if you are personally involved with a project that is transforming your community, we want to hear from you.”

Any project which has ever received money from the lottery can enter - to find out more visit www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk or call 0207 9606828.

The deadline for nominations is February 5.