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Can you nominate a National Lottery Game Changer?

Do you know someone locally who has done something amazing with National Lottery funding over the last 30 years?

If so, you could nominate them to become a National Lottery Game Changer, as part of the National Lottery's 30th birthday celebrations.

Former Royal Marine Commando and broadcaster, JJ Chalmers, has launched the search to find 30 people who have done extraordinary things over the last 30 years with the help of The National Lottery.

Since the first National Lottery draw on 19 November 1994, more than £678.5 million has been raised for good causes in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan through 12,597 individual grants, making a huge difference to arts, heritage, sport and community organisations and projects in the area. 

JJ understands the importance of celebrating unsung heroes more than most. As a former Royal Marine Commando, he suffered horrific life-changing injuries while on active duty in Afghanistan in 2011 in an IED blast that killed two of his colleagues.

Narrowly avoiding a double arm amputation, he lost two fingers, suffered face and leg injuries, and his right elbow completely disintegrated. He has faced a harrowing battle to recover, but he overcame adversity to win a gold medal at the Invictus Games in 2014 and has forged a successful broadcast career. He is also a patron for the Help for Heroes charity, an ambassador for The Invictus Games, and a motivational speaker. 

Urging people in Cardiff and the Vale to get their National Lottery Game Changer nominations in, JJ said: "I have encountered countless unsung heroes who work tirelessly to improve the lives of people around them. I think it's really important that we celebrate these inspirational individuals and thank them for all that they do. If you know somebody who has done something amazing with National Lottery funding over the last 30 years, then please take the time to nominate them as a National Lottery Game Changer."

National Lottery Game Changers will recognise outstanding people in these categories: 

  • Arts

  • Community

  • Heritage

  • Sport

To nominate a National Lottery Game Changer, visit . Entries must be received by midday on 17 June.

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