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Kelly Brook leads hunt for community heroes

A total of £53.6 million of National Lottery funding went to projects in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan in 2020/21, according to new figures released today to mark the launch of this year’s National Lottery Awards.   More than 800 National Lottery grants provided crucial support to arts, sports, heritage and community organisations in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan.  The National Lottery Awards are an annual celebration of the inspirational individuals and groups who do extraordinary things in their community with the help of National Lottery funding.   And now the search is on once again for 2022’s nominees.  The National Lottery is looking to highlight the exceptional work of local heroes who have gone the extra mile and made a difference in their community.   Anyone who has received National Lottery funding is eligible for nomination.  Wales won three awards last year:

Katherine Hughes, a volunteer and the Secretary of Caerphilly Miners’ Centre for the Community (The Miners), was the UK winner in the Community and Charity category for her unwavering voluntary efforts over the years and as one of the driving forces behind saving the historic local landmark for future generations.

Team GB’s gold-medal Olympic boxing champion, Lauren Price, was Olympian of the Year following her exploits in Tokyo.

Green Valley Conservation and Heritage project in Abercynon, which uses gardening and nature to improve people’s employability skills and wellbeing, was the Wales Project of the Year.  Kelly Brook, who is leading the hunt for this year’s favourite National Lottery-funded people and projects, said: “There are so many people up and down the country working tirelessly to make a difference in their communities, so it’s really important that we take a step back and recognise that.”  

The National Lottery Awards will seek to celebrate outstanding individuals in the following categories: 


Art, Culture & Film 




Young Hero (Under 25s) 

An addition for 2022, the Environment category, will look to celebrate an individual who has gone above and beyond to keep their community on the green path.  Winners will be chosen by a judging panel of members of the National Lottery family and partners and will receive £5000 and a National Lottery Awards trophy.  To make your nomination, tweet @LottoGoodCauses with your suggestions or complete an entry form at . Entries must be received by midnight on 1st June 2022. 

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