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National Lottery will celebrate 25th birthday by awarding nation’s favourite Project

Millions of pounds of lottery grants have been invested in Southwark since it began almost 25 years ago.

Around £358 million have been awarded to more than 3,000 different people and groups in the borough since the National Lottery was founded in 1994.

Any organisation in the borough that received funds in the past could win a further £10,000 by entering the 25th Birthday National Lottery Awards.

Most National Lottery grants are for £10,000 or less, despite higher profile projects like the £12.4 million Globe Theatre reconstruction.

Southwark and Lambeth based charity The Bike Project won the £10,000 for being the nation’s favourite voluntary/charity project last  year – it donated recycled bikes to refugees and asylum seekers.

Jem Stein, the Founder of the Bike Project, said: “Winning Best Voluntary/Charity Project in the National Lottery Awards was such an honour, I hope it will create even more awareness and get every refugee in London on a bike!”

Other Southwark organisations to benefit from grants include CSC Hub for a foodbank programme at, Gilesmead Estate for a community garden at and The Friends of One Tower Bridge Road for music and dance workshops for older people.

Director at the National Lottery Promotions Unit Jonathan Tuchner said: “They are transforming their community every day of the week and if you know of one that deserves recognition then please nominate them for a National Lottery Award.

“I look forward to seeing what we can achieve together over the next 25 years.”

To enter your favourite project in this year’s National Lottery Awards visit https://www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/awards entries must be received by midnight 30 April 2019.

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