Your vote is needed...



The Wintercomfort Pathways Project in Cambridge is appealing for local votes as it strives for nationwide acclaim on BBC One in this year's National Lottery Awards.


The project beat off stiff competition from over 600 organisations to reach the public voting stage in this year's National Lottery Awards - the annual search for the UK's favourite Lottery-funded projects.


The Wintercomfort Pathways Project is competing against six other projects to be crowned the winner of the Voluntary/Charity category.

Winners of the seven National Lottery Awards categories will each get a

£3,000 cash prize to spend on their project, an iconic National Lottery Awards trophy and attend a star-studded glittering Awards ceremony in London, broadcast on BBC One in September.


The project helps homeless people in Cambridge to identify and deal with problems, which are undermining their stability, enabling them to engage with education, employment and specialist health services.  It provides services for recovery - from immediate basic welfare needs, such as hot breakfasts, to long-term support like preparing for work.


Sarah Halls of Wintercomfort, says winning the prestigious National Lottery Award and having their work showcased on national television would be an honour: "We're delighted to have reached the finals of The National Lottery Awards. Lottery money has really helped us to support more homeless and vulnerable individuals to make positive changes in their lives. It's easy to vote, so we're hoping people will support us, as it would be a fantastic reward for everyone involved in the project to receive national recognition for their hard work."


TV star and actor John Barrowman will be presenting the National Lottery Awards for the sixth time this year. He says:


"The National Lottery Awards are a great way to shine a spotlight on outstanding Lottery-funded projects. Now in their 13th year, the Awards celebrate the talent and dedication of the amazing staff and volunteers that run incredible life changing Lottery-funded projects for the benefit of their communities and the people who live in them.


"Your local project has worked very hard to become a finalist and they now need your support because the project with the most votes in each category will be crowned the winner.


"Projects receive funding thanks to National Lottery players who raise

£36 million every single week for Good Causes across the UK such as The Wintercomfort Pathways Project."


To vote for The Wintercomfort Pathways Project, please go to or telephone 0844 836 9716 and follow the campaign on twitter: hashtag #NLAwards. Voting runs for four weeks from 9am on Wednesday 22 June until midnight on Wednesday 20 July.


There are seven projects competing for votes across seven categories, reflecting the main areas of National Lottery funding: arts, sport, heritage, health, environment, education and voluntary/charity.



For further information please contact The National Lottery Awards: / 0207 211 1662 Notes to Editors


·          The Wintercomfort Pathways Project received £343,221 of

National Lottery funding through BIG Lottery Fund over a 3 year period

·          Telephone voting calls cost 5p max. A connection charge may

be applied by some networks. Please check with your provider.

·          All voting will be independently adjudicated and verified by

Electoral Reform Services.