Film star, Michael Sheen, is urging people to cast a vote for their local finalists in the National Lottery Awards 2018, the annual search to find the nation’s favourite Lottery funded projects.

Hampshire-based organisations, Yellow Door’s STAR Project and Warren Clark Golfing Dreams are appealing for votes after reaching the finals of the National Lottery Awards.

The projects beat off stiff competition from more than 700 organisations to reach the public voting stage in this year’s National Lottery Awards, which celebrate the inspirational people and projects who do extraordinary things with National Lottery funding.

Warren Clark Golfing Dreams is in the running for Best Sport Project. Thanks to National Lottery funding, Warren Clark, a seventeen year old with autism and learning disabilities, has been using his enormous passion for all things golf to provide free golfing taster sessions for disabled people, disadvantaged families and community groups from around the UK.

Yellow Door’s STAR project needs local votes to win Best Education Project. An estimated 1 in 5 people will experience abuse or interpersonal violence at some point in their life – STAR has been developed to reduce this figure and break the silence around these topics. STAR uses creative and interactive sessions to get young people thinking about consent, bullying, self-esteem, peer-pressure, exploitation, internet safety and much more, and ultimately aim to prevent the incidents and impacts of domestic and sexual abuse.

Film star and National Lottery Awards ambassador, Michael Sheen, says: “I am immensely proud of the incredible work these National Lottery funded projects deliver day in and day out in our communities throughout the UK. “Their truly life-changing work is only made possible through the amazing dedication of all the staff and volunteers who run them. My message is simple – these extraordinary finalists need your support, so please get voting!”

The project with the most votes will be crowned the winner and receive a £5,000 cash prize to spend on their project, an iconic National Lottery Awards trophy and attend a star-studded glittering awards ceremony to be broadcast on BBC One on 26 September 2018.

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