Due to unforeseen circumstances Belfast group Team HOT have had to pull out of the People’s Millions competition. But the good news is that another project, Glenview Support Group’s A Sensory Playground in Maghera will now go up against Stroke Association – The Friendship Network in the telephone vote on Wednesday 26th November, the final night of voting.
The People’s Millions competition, which takes place on UTV at the end of November, will see community groups go head-to-head in a bid to win up to £50,000 for life-changing projects. The public will vote by phone to help decide who wins the prize.
If Glenview Support Group top the poll they will create a sensory area for children on the autistic spectrum within the current playground in St. Mary’s Primary School, Maghera. But if Stroke Association get the most support, they will train clusters of volunteers across Northern Ireland who will support anyone affected by stroke.
There are no changes to the first two nights of the competition. Going head-to-head on Monday 24th November will be Titanic Foundation Ltd’s Build a Beach project and Charis Integrated Cancer Care’s New Ways of Thinking project. Titanic Foundation want to create a recreation and learning space in the heart of Belfast’s Titanic Quarter, while Charis Integrated Cancer Care, which is based near Cookstown, would use the grant to develop activities for people living with cancer and their families.
On Tuesday 25th November, Kaleidoscope’s The Imagine Arts Centre project will battle it out with Compass Advocacy Network Ltd’s Women Wise! project. If Kaleidoscope pulls in the most phone votes they will set up the UK’s first dedicated Arts Centre for older people in Newry, however if Compass Advocacy Network Ltd come out on top they will bring together vulnerable and hard to reach women of all ages in the Causeway area to take part in workshops to improve their emotional and physical wellbeing.
The is the ninth year that the Big Lottery Fund and UTV have teamed up to give the public the chance to choose where the Lottery good cause cash goes in their area. Since it began in 2005, the competition has funded 35 diverse community projects across Northern Ireland with an incredible £1.9 million in Big Lottery Fund good cause money.
The telephone numbers will be available on the day of each head to head on the People’s Millions website, in the Daily Mirror and on UTV Live at 6pm.