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£150,000 of National Lottery money has been won across ITV Wales

April 19, 2017

Missed The People’s Projects being announced on ITV Wales? Three projects across ITV Wales have each won up to £50,000 of National Lottery funding to support their local communities.

Elderfit, Leonard Cheshire Disability and Western Beacons Mountain Search and Rescue Team won the most public votes in The People’s Projects, which saw 95 projects across the UK compete for grants to develop their work further.

The People’s Projects is a partnership between the Big Lottery Fund, ITV and The National Lottery which gives the public the chance to decide how £3 million of National Lottery funding could make a difference in their local area.

The three projects that received the most public votes in ITV Wales are:

Bringing Back Balance by Elderfit in Cardiff, which received £47,480 to expand its work supporting older people to stay fit and healthy by producing an easy-to-follow exercise DVD, focusing on increasing their confidence, strength and balance to reduce their likelihood of falling. They will also train more people in strength and balance qualifications to expand their area of working and increase the number of people being supported.

The Leonard Cheshire Centenary Garden Project by Leonard Cheshire Disability in Cardiff, Llangollen, and Newport, which was awarded £50,000 to create new and enhanced opportunities for people with disabilities to enjoy gardening and cooking, alongside establishing a wildlife watch network and strengthening their care home network. Activities will look to reduce social isolation and give people better opportunities to learn more about their local environment.

Western Beacons Mountain Search and Rescue Water Safety project by Western Beacons Mountain Search and Rescue Team in Bridgend, which got a grant of £44,100 to purchase new equipment and train new and existing members so they can provide greater, and more responsive, aid in flood rescue emergencies in South and West Wales. This will include a rescue raft, personal protection equipment and a dedicated vehicle to respond to call outs involving flooding and searches near water, both locally and nationally.

Dawn Austwick, Big Lottery Fund Chief Executive, said: “We are proud to be supporting this year’s winners in The People’s Projects. They are using National Lottery funding to bring people together and give them the opportunity to build their skills, make new friends and learn from one another. We want to congratulate these great projects and look forward to seeing the positive difference they make to local communities.”

Films and more information on each of the projects are available at

Since 2005, around £39 million has been awarded through the Big Lottery Fund, The National Lottery and ITV partnership to 865 Good Causes across the UK.

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