Vote for us plea from Hastings homeless charity

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A HOMELESS charity based in Hastings is one of 10 projects nationwide fighting it out for a National Lottery award.

The Hastings Homeless Service, which is run by St John Ambulance, has made it through to the semi final of the Lottery’s Best Health Project category.

It has already benefited from a bumper £334,199 grant but, if it makes it through to the final and wins the overall prize the charity will get another £2,000, as well as attending a star-studded event in London and the kudos of being the top cause in its category.

The charity provides healthcare and support to the vulnerable residents, with the over-riding aim to increase the health of homeless people living locally and improve their chances of being re-housed.

And a spokesman for the charity hopes the added exposure of reaching the Lottery’s semi-finals will provide a timely boost to its work.

Markie Barratt, the Homeless Service’s manager, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have reached the semi-finals of The National Lottery Awards.

“Lottery money has enabled us to provide an absolutely vital health care service to homeless people in Hastings.

“It’s easy to vote, so we’re hoping people support us, as it would be a fantastic reward for those involved in the project to receive national recognition for their hard work.”

Voting for the semi-finals starts at 9am on Tuesday (May 31) and ends at midday on June 20, with locals encouraged to register their vote in favour of the Hastings Homeless Service.

To vote for it call 0844 836 9703 or log on to www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/awards.

The three projects in each category with the highest number of votes will go through to the final round of public voting later this summer.

Calls cost no more than 5p from a BT landline although calls from other networks may vary and calls from mobiles could cost considerably more.

The winner will be announced on BBC One later in the year.

For information about the Hastings Homeless Service, or to offer a donation, call 01424 435358 or email roger.nuttall@sussex.sja.org.uk.