Disability charity Papworth Trust is appealing for supporter’s votes as it competes for an award for its Kerry Farm project in this year’s National Lottery Awards on BBC One.

Papworth Trust’s Kerry Farm is based near Newtown in Wales, and provides support and respite for people affected by disability. It has already helped over 145 families, and winning the award would allow it to help many more.

The project beat off stiff competition from 620 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.

Papworth Trust’s Kerry Farm is competing against six other projects to be crowned the winner of the Health category.  Winners of the seven National Lottery Awards categories will get a £2,000 cash prize, an iconic National Lottery Awards trophy and attend a star-studded Awards ceremony, broadcast on BBC One in September.

Bridget Orchard, Fundraising Manager at Papworth Trust said,

“National Lottery funding has helped over 145 families affected by disability to cope better, improve relationships and build a brighter future together. It’s really easy to vote, and it would make a huge difference to families living with disability that we have already and will continue to support, to win and receive national recognition.”

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

“The exceptionally selfless work carried out by National Lottery Awards finalists never fails to astound me.  Their work deserves to be celebrated nationally; the community spirit, social cohesion and compassion.”

“It is crucial that you show your support for your local project so it can get the national glory that it richly deserves. National Lottery players should swell with pride that £34 million of Lottery funding is raised every single week for projects like this across the UK.”

To vote for Kerry Farm, please go to www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/awards or telephone 0844 836 9701 and follow the campaign on Twitter: hashtag #NLAwards.  Voting is open until midnight on Wednesday 29 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.