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Strictly Come Dancing’s head judge Shirley Ballas is offering people and projects from Cardiff the chance to waltz off with a National Lottery Award by getting their nominations in before the Monday 7 June deadline. The National Lottery Awards are the annual search for the UK’s favourite National Lottery funded people and organisations and they celebrate the inspirational individuals and groups who do extraordinary things in their community, especially during these challenging times.

Winners in each category will receive a £3,000 cash prize for their organisation and a coveted National Lottery Awards trophy. As we reported last November, flying the flag for Wales last year was 29-year-old Wasem Said, a doorman and mixed martial arts fighter from Butetown, Cardiff, who was named as the UK-wide winner of the Sport Category in the Awards for his inspirational work in helping young people and his community during the pandemic.

In 2018, Shirley Ballas surprised the winners of the Health Project category with their National Lottery Award. Breast Cancer Care’s support app, BECCA, helps people move forward after breast cancer, and Shirley presented the trophy to a group of women in Glasgow, who use the app. The project was close to Shirley’s heart as she had gone through a cancer scare herself around the same time. Shirley said: “The last 14 months have been extremely tough on us all. But as we hope for better days ahead, we are constantly astounded by the way people and projects responded to adversity with heroic yet simple acts of love, kindness and selflessness that will be long remembered. “I have been fortunate to witness how hard these local heroes work and how deserving they are of these awards and accolades. They should be celebrated and will only be celebrated if you put them forward- so please get nominating!” The awards recognise outstanding individuals in: • Culture, Arts & Film • Heritage • Sport • Community/Charity There will be a special Young Hero Award for someone under 18 who has gone that extra mile in their organisation. All nominees must work or act for a National Lottery-funded organisation or have received National Lottery funding. To make your nomination, tweet @LottoGoodCauses with your suggestions or complete an entry form online by midnight on 7 June 2021.

Photo by National Lottery Good Causes

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