I'm A Celebrity and EastEnders star Jacqueline Jossa searching for Ashfield heroes

I'm A Celebrity and former EastEnders star Jacqueline Jossa is part of a new National Lottery campaign looking for local heroes in Ashfield.

Monday, 26th April 2021, 3:36 pm

The National Lottery awarded funding of more than £490,000 to good causes in Ashfield in 2019/20, according to new figures released to mark the launch of the National Lottery Awards.

A total of 20 National Lottery grants were allocated in this period providing crucial support to arts, sports, heritage and community organisations in Ashfield.

The awards are the annual search for the UK’s favourite National Lottery-funded people and projects and celebrate the inspirational individuals and groups who go the extra mile for their communities.

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Former EastEnders star Jacqueline Jossa is supporting the National Lottery Awards launch.

Last year, there were 5,000 nominations and the National Lottery is looking to hear about those who are doing amazing things and inspiring others.

Anyone who has received National Lottery funding is eligible for nomination.

Winners in each category will receive a £3,000 cash prize for their organisation and a coveted National Lottery Awards trophy.

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Jacqueline says: "I really hope lots of people nominate [a local hero] because these people deserve to be celebrated, especially during these challenging times when many need the support more than ever.

"So much National Lottery funding goes to great causes and allows these local heroes to continue their inspirational work within our communities and its thanks to National Lottery players that this can continue."

Encompassing all aspects of National Lottery good causes funding, the 2021 National Lottery Awards are seeking to recognise outstanding individuals in Culture, Arts & Film, Heritage, Sport and Community/Charity.

There will be a special Young Hero Award for someone under 18 who has gone above and beyond in their organisation.

All nominees must work or act for a National Lottery funded organisation or have received National Lottery funding.

Winners of these categories will be chosen by a judging panel made up of members of the National Lottery family and partners.

- To make a nomination for this year’s National Lottery Awards, tweet @LottoGoodCauses with your suggestions or complete an entry form through its website www.lotterygoodcauses/awards. Entries must be received by midnight on June 7.

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