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Exeter Health Group needs your vote!

PUBLISHED: 16:20 31 May 2011 | UPDATED: 19:28 20 February 2013

Exeter Health Group needs your vote!

Exeter Health Group needs your vote!

The South West MS Centre, an Exeter based health organisation, needs your vote as it is about to go head to head with other National Lottery-funded projects from across the UK in the semi-finals of The National Lottery Awards 2011.

The South West MS Centre, an Exeter based health organisation, needs your vote as it is about to go head to head with other National Lottery-funded projects from across the UK in the semi-finals of The National Lottery Awards 2011. The Awards recognise the difference that Lottery-funded projects both big and small make to local communities.

The South West MS Centre is one of only 10 projects to make it through in the Best Health Project category in The National Lottery Awards, the annual search to find the UKs favourite Lottery-funded projects.

Semi-finalists have been shortlisted for the big difference they have made with Lottery money, and people across Devon are being urged to cast a vote, from Tuesday 31 May, to help them make it through to the final.

There are seven categories in the Awards each reflecting the main areas of Lottery funding: arts, sport, heritage, health, environment, education (in association with Best magazine) and voluntary/charity. The winning project in each of the categories will receive national recognition at a star-studded event later this year, broadcast on BBC One, as well as a 2,000 cash prize [1] to spend on their project.

[1] NB: This is not a Lottery grant. All projects have already received Lottery funding and this cash prize is in addition to the Lottery money they have already been awarded

The South West MS Centre provides therapy and support for people diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) across Devon and Somerset. All therapies are subsidised. The Centre focuses on providing a positive environment for both the patients and their carers and offers a wide range of therapies to meet their different needs.

Centre Manager, Caroline Smith, says: "We had outgrown our building and Lottery funding enabled us to move. This has made a remarkable difference to the level of service and variety of treatments we can offer. Everyone at the Centre is so excited about The National Lottery Awards and making the semi-finals is a real achievement for us. We really hope people support us, as it would be a fantastic reward for those involved in the project to receive national recognition for their hard work.

This years National Lottery Awards are supported by Lottery Draw Show presenter Jenni Falconer. She says:

I love The National Lottery Awards because they really pay tribute to all the unsung heroes, selfless volunteers and dedicated workers across the UK who are using Lottery funding to make a real difference to local people, places and communities.

National Lottery players raise a massive 28 million a week for charities and groups - big and small - across the UK. Everyone who plays the Lottery should feel proud that they have helped such a wide variety of projects including arts, sport, heritage and community groups theres quite literally something for everyone.

Now it's your chance to have your say and vote for your favourite. Please get behind your local project and vote to get them through to the final - every vote counts!"

Voting for the semi-finals starts at 9am on Tuesday 31 May and ends at midday on Monday 20 June. To vote for The South West MS Centre call 0844 836 9707 or log on to . Please do not call before lines open as your vote will not be counted but you will be charged for the call.

The three projects in each category with the highest number of votes will go through to the final round of public voting later this summer.


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