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Figures reveal over £330,000 of lottery funding spent in Solihull

Shaun Reynolds 17th Feb, 2016 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

OVER £331,000 of National Lottery funding was awarded across Solihull in 2015.

In total, 19 Lottery grants were issued in the town during 2015 – providing vital boosts to art, sport and heritage projects alongside community groups helping those most in need.

Some of the local projects that received National Lottery grants included 1st Solihull Scout Group and Our Lady of the Wayside RC School who received £10,000 and £8,000 respectively.

National Lottery Awards winners will receive a £3,000 cash prize and national recognition at a glittering ceremony broadcast on BBC One in October.

Chris Dunster, group liaison officer responsible for fundraising and communication at Solihull 1st Scout Group, said: “We’re all unpaid volunteers and have 18 acres of woodland to ensure our Scouts are always kept busy.

“In total we have 130 scouts so the money we’ve received is a massive boost that will help fund a pond dipping platform and a boardwalk through the muddy part of our mill pool.

“We want to enhance the experience of our scout group and the winter can cause our woodland to become muddy and hazardous so the installation of a boardwalk will allow for all year usage.”

The Scouts have also received £2,104 from Birmingham Airport Community Trust.

Chris added: “We contacted an organisation called Sustain and they offered advice on community based grants – they’ve been incredibly helpful and we couldn’t thank them enough.

“We will be holding various community open days throughout the year so local residents can enjoy our grounds.

“The first event will launch on Saturday (July 9).”

John Barrowman, presenter of last year’s National Lottery Awards show, said: “The National Lottery Awards offer an unmissable opportunity to give outstanding projects their time to shine.

“If you can think of a great Lottery-funded project, please nominate them for an award.”

“All these fantastic projects are funded by National Lottery players.

“Each Lottery player should feel proud to raise an astounding £34million a week, which provides much needed support to such life-changing work.”

National Lottery Awards are given across seven categories – sport, heritage, arts, environment, health, education and charity.

If you wish to nominate your favourite project in this year’s National Lottery Awards, call 0207 293 3599 – entries must be received by midnight on Wednesday (March 9).