Shotton good cause shortlisted for national award
Shotton Boxing Club in Deeside, north east Wales has won a place
in the semi-finals of The National Lottery Awards 2012 and is
calling on local support when public voting opens on 26 June.
The National Lottery Awards recognise the positive impact that
Lottery-funded projects - both big and small - make to local
communities. Shotton Boxing Club is one of only 10 projects to make
it through in the Best Sport Project category in the annual search
to find the UK's favourite Lottery-funded projects.
Shotton Amateur Boxing Club transformed an old
derelict building into an amateur boxing club for the local
community to use. The new premises have allowed the club to open
seven days a week with a top of the range boxing club with fitness
facilities for children and young adults.
Shane Thomas of Shotton Amateur Boxing Club says: "It's
brilliant to have been shortlisted, and it's great for amateur
boxing. National Lottery funding has helped us keep our club going,
and people should vote for us to support a great local cause and
that helps keep kids off the street and promotes a healthy
"The club gives young people in Deeside a focus and goals to
work to. One overweight seven year old was bullied but, since
coming to the club, has lost weight and gained fitness, confidence
People in Deeside are being urged to help Shotton Boxing Club
make it through to the final, which is broadcast live on BBC One
later this year. The winning project in each of the categories will
receive national recognition at the star-studded event hosted by
actor and TV personality John Barrowman and a £2,000 cash
prize to spend on their project.
Actor John Barrowman supports the awards.
He said:"So many lives are being changed by the unsung heroes
working with National Lottery funding. The National Lottery
Awards pay tribute to their selfless dedication. National
Lottery players raise a massive £30 million a week for Good Causes
across the UK. They should be proud that they are helping
arts, sport, heritage and community groups near them. Now is
the chance for everyone to vote for their local project so it gets
There are seven categories in the Awards each reflecting the
main areas of Lottery funding: arts, sport, heritage, health,
environment, education and voluntary/charity.
Voting for the semi-finals starts at 9am on Tuesday 26 June and
ends at midday on Sunday 22 July. To vote for Shotton Boxing Club
call 0844 836 9726 or log on to www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/awards.
Please do not call before lines open as your vote will not be
counted but you will be charged for the call.
The three projects in each category with the highest number of
votes will go through to the final round of public voting later