Four projects from Wales named as finalists in The National Lottery Project of the Year

Dear Editor,

Four projects from Wales have been named as finalists in The National Lottery Project of the Year category in the 2023 National Lottery Awards and need your readers’ support to help them win.

The National Lottery Awards are the annual search for the UK’s favourite National Lottery-funded people and projects. They celebrate the inspirational individuals and organisations who do extraordinary things with the £30 million raised every week by National Lottery players for good causes.

Flying the flag for Wales in the Arts, Culture and Film category is Hear We Are – a Deaf-led project run by Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff, exploring the perspectives of Deaf and Hard of Hearing people, particularly those working in or excluded from the creative sector. Representing Wales in the Community and Charity category is Get The Boys A Lift (GTBAL), a not-for-profit organisation launched by a group of friends in Pembrokeshire who were keen to encourage discussions about mental health.

Hoping to make a big splash in the Heritage category is Project SIARC (Sharks Inspiring Action and Research with Communities), which brings together local communities, fishers, researchers, and government to safeguard sharks, skates, and rays, whilst cultivating a new appreciation and opening-up access to the underwater environment in Wales. And looking to score a winner in the Sports category is Wales’s first LGBTQ+ football club, Cardiff Dragons FC. Founded in 2008, the club has emerged as a shining example of an organisation where inclusion and acceptance take centre stage.

The fab four from Wales are up against 13 other projects from around the UK competing for the title of The National Lottery Project of the Year.

They could be in with the chance of winning £5,000 and an iconic National Lottery Awards trophy. They would be delighted if people could support them by casting a vote on or by tweeting using their unique hashtag on X (formerly known as Twitter) #NLAHearWeAre , #NLAGTBAL, #NLASIARC or #NLADragons. But please be quick! Voting closes at 12pm on 9th October.

Yours sincerely,

Jonathan Tuchner,
National Lottery Promotions Unit

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