Belfast Telegraph

Northern Ireland projects chasing lottery windfall and public support

By Amanda Ferguson

Two Northern Ireland projects need public support if they are to triumph at this year's National Lottery Awards.

The teams at St George's Market in Belfast and the Be Safe Be Well project in Roe Valley are campaigning for votes after being shortlisted from 750 entries to decide the UK's favourite lottery-funded projects.

Winners in each category can look forward to rubbing shoulders with music, sport and TV stars at a ceremony, shown on TV in September, and going home with a £2,000 cash prize.

St George's Market, which was renovated and restored with the help of a £2m National Lottery grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, is competing against six organisations to win Best Heritage Project.

Councillor Deirdre Hargey, chair of Belfast City Council's development committee, said: "We are delighted to have reached the finals of the National Lottery Awards."

The Be Safe Be Well's Safe Home Initiative has made it through to the finals in the Best Charity/Voluntary category.

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