MORE than £4m of National Lottery funding was invested in Ealing in 2017, new figures show.

A total of 32 Lottery grants were awarded in the borough last year, providing a boost to arts, sports and heritage projects alongside community groups helping those in need.

Grants included:

·         £10,000 to Hooks Boxing Academy and Amateur Boxing Club at Park Royal for training


·         £10,000 to Havelock Family Centre in Southall to run finance and debt advice workshops

·         £4,600 to Perivale Festivals Committee to help the socially disadvantaged.

From today, any organisation that has ever received National Lottery funding can enter the National Lottery Awards 2018, the annual search for the UK’s favourite Lottery-funded projects.

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Award winners’ will receive a £5,000 cash prize and national recognition at a ceremony broadcast on BBC1.

Strictly Come Dancing winner and TV presenter Ore Oduba, who hosted the 2017 awards, said:  “They are a rare opportunity to put the spotlight on those who truly deserve it. 

"So, if you know a Lottery project that’s making a positive difference, now’s the time to nominate.”

Projects can be nominated in seven categories, arts, education, environment, health, heritage, sport and voluntary/charity.

To nominate, tweet @LottoGoodCauses with your suggestions or call 0207 293 3599. Entries must be received by midnight on April 6.