Local charity Kinship Care NI and the team behind the restoration of Derry’s Brooke Park are urging people to support them as the voting period of the 25th Birthday National Lottery Awards comes to an end.

Brooke Park (pictured) is competing to for the title of the National Lottery’s Best Heritage Project while Kinship Care is in the running for the Best Community and Charity Award. They are among 40 organisations battling it out in this year’s awards which celebrate the inspirational people and projects who do extraordinary things with the help of National Lottery funding.

Brooke Park, also known as ‘The People’s Park, has been a well-loved public space in the heart of Derry for more than a century and has been restored with the help of National Lottery funding.

Kinship Care NI was established by Jacqueline Williamson MBE, who having come from a care background has overcome homelessness, the death of her sister and being a single parent to start the charity. It helps and supports children who cannot be cared for by their own parents to live safely and securely within their own families and communities.

Voting closes at midnight on 21 August and winners in the annual search to find the UK’s favourite National Lottery funded projects will be revealed in the next few weeks.

Jonathan Tuchner, from the 25th Birthday National Lottery Awards, said: “National Lottery players should be extremely proud to have supported the fantastic work these projects deliver in their community.

“The teams behind all our finalists are wonderful ambassadors for their organisations and they do so much to improve and enhance the lives of so many. In many ways, they are all winners but only the projects with most votes can get their hands on a 25th Birthday National Lottery Award.

“Voting closes at midnight on 21 August – so please support your favourite by voting for them as soon as possible – it could make a real difference to your chosen project.”

The project with the most votes will be crowned the winner and receive a £10,000 cash prize to spend on their project, an iconic 25th Birthday National Lottery Awards trophy and attend a star-studded glittering awards ceremony to be broadcast on BBC One in November.

To vote go to lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/awards. You can also follow the campaign on Twitter: hashtag #NLAwards.

The award categories reflect the main areas of National Lottery funding: heritage, sport, arts, culture and film, community and charity. They will also celebrate the legends of sport that have received funding over the last 25 years. All categories will be decided by a public vote. Furthermore, a young hero, a lifetime achievement, special recognition and 12 local legends will be selected by a panel made up of representatives from the National Lottery family.

The first National Lottery draw took place on 19 November 1994. The 25th birthday is a moment to celebrate the extraordinary impact The National Lottery has had on the UK and, most importantly, to say thank you to National Lottery players for contributing tens of millions of pounds every week to good causes.

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