Meet the winning good cause projects you voted for
The votes have been counted and now we can reveal The People’s Projects winners. Chosen by you, 57 winning projects around the country have received up to £50,000 National Lottery funding.
TV film crews surprised the winners with golden envelopes containing the winning amounts. Thanks to National Lottery players, this vital funding is a chance for these projects to take their work to a new level, benefiting the communities in which they serve. Meet some of the winners:
Elderfit: Bringing Balance Back, Cardiff
Elderfit founders Tom Scaife and Gareth Bartlett were taking an aerobics class when they found out they had just been voted a People’s Project winner!
The overjoyed pair have been running fitness classes in the Cardiff for three years, focusing on strength and balance exercises for the elderly in care homes. Thanks to National Lottery players, £47,480 funding will help bring in 60 more instructors and open further classes in care homes across Wales.
Joint founder Tom Scaife said, “The classes have changed so many lives. We’ve seen people come in who could only walk with a frame, and after a few months are already walking unaided."
The Children's Wood, Glasgow
A woodland in Glasgow was full of families enjoying the fresh air when a STV crew arrived to break the news live on air that The Children’s Wood charity had won £50,000 National Lottery funding thanks to The People’s Projects.
In a part of the city where green spaces are few and far between, the charity has fought hard to keep the last wild area out of the hands of developers and open to local children.
Sheila Penny, a volunteer and The Children’s Wood child protection officer said: “We’re absolutely thrilled. Thanks to this, children will be able to grow up playing outdoors and spend time with nature for years to come.”
Sliding Doors: Open For All, Blackburn
Thanks to your vote, The Sliding Doors charity in Blackburn has been awarded £49,700 National Lottery funding through The People’s Projects. Sliding Doors provides after-hours social clubs and events for people with disabilities, giving them the opportunity to socialise and do the things most of us take for granted like watching a football match, karaoke or just having a drink together.
Julie Astley who founded the group said: “I want to say a massive thank you to everyone who voted. It’s going to make a real difference.”
Horse Power, Lichfield
Tracie Holroyd was about to start her daily therapy sessions, when she received her winning golden envelope. Tracie, whose organisation Horse Power provides therapy to young people through contact with horses, thought she might have won a small runners-up prize, so was shocked to receive a cheque for £43,328.
Thanks to National Lottery players, Tracie and her team of 15 counsellors are able to provide free therapy sessions to children, young people and adults with mental health issues, using horses as a tool for learning.
Tracie said: “We’ll be able to pay our therapists, who until now have all been volunteers, so that means we’ll be able to do many more sessions.”