GIVE LOCAL PROJECT ITS CHANCE TO BE IN THE SPOTLIGHT - Whizz-Kidz: My Friends, My Skills, My Future is appealing for local votes as it strives for nationwide acclaim on BBC One in this year’s National Lottery Awards

 

GIVE LOCAL PROJECT ITS CHANCE TO BE IN THE SPOTLIGHT

 

Whizz-Kidz: My Friends, My Skills, My Future is appealing for local votes as it strives for nationwide acclaim on BBC One in this year’s National Lottery Awards.

 

The project’s Wrexham Ambassador Youth Club serves young wheelchair users from north east Wales. It beat off stiff competition from over 600 organisations to reach the public voting stage in this year’s National Lottery Awards – the annual search for the UK’s favourite Lottery-funded projects. 

 

Whizz-Kidz: My Friends, My Skills, My Future is competing against six other projects to be crowned the winner of the Education category. Winners of the seven National Lottery Awards categories will each get a £3,000 cash prize to spend on their project, an iconic National Lottery Awards trophy and attend a star-studded glittering Awards ceremony in London, broadcast on BBC One in September.

 

The project aims to empower wheelchair users in Wales aged 14-25 through activities and training. The services include youth groups, wheelchair skills training, work placements and residential breaks. Parent-free zones are also offered to wheelchair users to help them develop independence. Every young person who joins a club is called an ambassador.

 

Jo Fashan of Whizz-Kidz says winning the prestigious National Lottery Award and having their work showcased on national television would be an honour:

 

“I’m delighted that the project has reached the finals of The National Lottery Awards. National Lottery funding has helped us launch Ambassador Youth Clubs in Bangor, Cardiff, Conwy, Powys, Swansea and Wrexham, and around 150 young people reported increased confidence and life skills as a result of attending. It’s easy to vote, so we're hoping people support us, to help us gain national recognition for this important work.”

 

TV star and actor John Barrowman will be presenting the National Lottery Awards for the sixth time this year. He says:

 

“The National Lottery Awards are a great way to shine a spotlight on outstanding lottery-funded projects. Now in their 13th year, the Awards celebrate the talent and dedication of the amazing staff and volunteers that run incredible life changing Lottery-funded projects for the benefit of their communities and the people who live in them.

 

“Your local project has worked very hard to become a finalist and they now need your support because the project with the most votes in each category will be crowned the winner.

 

“Projects receive funding thanks to National Lottery players who raise £36 million every single week for Good Causes across the UK such as Whizz-Kidz: My Friends, My Skills, My Future.”

 

To vote for Whizz-Kidz: My Friends, My Skills, My Future, please go to lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/awards or telephone 0844 836 9684 and follow the campaign on Twitter: hashtag #NLAwards. Voting runs for four weeks from 22 June until midnight on Wednesday 20 July.  

 

There are seven projects competing for votes across seven categories, reflecting the main areas of National Lottery funding: arts, sport, heritage, health, environment, education and voluntary/charity. 

 

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