Good causes compete for cash

TWO further good causes in Huntingdonshire could also be in line for tens of thousands of pounds of funding in another televised lottery bid. The two groups will go head-to-head with similar projects to compete for public votes and a slice of £7.8million

TWO further good causes in Huntingdonshire could also be in line for tens of thousands of pounds of funding in another televised lottery bid.

The two groups will go head-to-head with similar projects to compete for public votes and a slice of £7.8million in the People's Million, a regional version of The People's £50 Million Lottery Giveaway.

Groups that have been selected to take part in the show could win awards of up to £80,000 each for their community-based projects.

Taking place the whole of next week (November 26-30) on ITV1 at 6pm, each night two projects will battle it out to try to persuade viewers to vote for them. At the end of the week, the five projects with the most public votes will win a share of the cash.


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On Monday (November 26), Grafham Water Sailabilty in Perry is up against the Hillcrest School Environment Project in Houghton Regis.

Grafham Water Sailiabilty, which is a sailing club for disabled people, is hoping it will win the money to pay for a £66,000 200-ft pontoon. This will allow the group to use its access dinghies and allow for Paralympics racing all year round.

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On Thursday (November 29), the West Anglia Crossroads Caring for Carers and its Crossroads Young Carers Project in St Ives will compete against the Stevenage-based Friday Day Care Group.

Crossroads plans to offer more help, support and group sessions to carers under the age of 19 years.

Sir Clive Booth, chair of the Big Lottery Fund, said: "I'm convinced this year's awards will capture the hearts of even more UK viewers.

"I urge them to pick up the phone and vote for projects they believe will make a long-lasting impact on their local communities."

INFORMATION: To find out more, visit www.thepeoplesmillions.org.uk To be reminded to vote for the St Neots bridge project text connect2 to 80010 or register at www.sustransconnect2.org

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