THE National Lottery has awarded Chichester more than £78 million for good causes in the last 25 years.
As part of the 25th birthday celebrations, they are calling for local projects to enter the National Lottery Awards – with the opportunity of winning a £10,000 prize and to appear on a BBC One show.
A wide variety of local projects have received National Lottery funding over the last 25 years, including major funding to Chichester Festival Theatre to renovate and improve its facilities.
The sum of £370,000 was awarded to charity, Canine Partners to build their southern training centre in Midhurst and around £9,900 was given to Chichester District Foodbank to improve the distribution of food alongside other support for people.
National Lottery promotions unit director Jonathan Tuchner said: “Since its launch 25 years ago, The National Lottery has changed lives the length and breadth of the UK. As I walk around my neighbourhood, I’m proud of how many projects and organisations the National Lottery has funded.
“It’s all down to local people who choose to do incredible things with National Lottery funding, changing their communities for the better, step by step.”
The Information Shop for Young People in the city centre has also recently been awarded £10,000 funding which will ensure the continued provision of mental wellbeing support for young people in the area.
Based in Little London, the shop is an independent charity offering free and non-time-limited emotional support and counselling services to young people aged 13-25.
The project sees an average of 63 young people through its doors each week. They seek support for a wide variety of issues such as finding work, relationships, anxiety, eating disorders, self-harm and depression.
The funding will help contribute towards improving facilities, lowering waiting times for counselling and continuing to ensure young people have a space to talk openly in a safe and confidential setting.
Melissa Durbin, project manager, said: “This is fantastic news for the project and will mean that more vulnerable young people will be able to access our service for immediate and ongoing
To enter your favourite project in this year’s National Lottery Awards, visit: lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/awards