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Lottery finals spot for Saltholme

Last modified: 01 August 2012

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A huge thanks to the people who helped Saltholme get through to the final!

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Saltholme is through to the finals of this year’s National Lottery Awards.

And the wildlife reserve and discovery park near Stockton has this week said a huge thanks to local people who helped them get there.

Caroline Found, who leads the lifelong learning project at Saltholme, said: “To get to the semi-finals of the National Lottery Awards was brilliant – but to make it to the prestigious grand final is just thrilling.

“And it’s thanks to the votes of thousands of people that we have got there.”

Saltholme was one of just 10 projects throughout the UK to reach the semi-finals in the education project category.

“Waiting to hear the results of the semi-finals was a nail-biting time,” said Caroline. “We’re delighted that the hard work of Saltholme’s amazing team of talented field teachers has been recognised in this way.

“Thanks to Lottery funding, the team is able to work with people of all ages, both on and off the reserve, to develop and nurture a love for our natural surroundings and brilliant wildlife.”

The awards are an annual search to find the UK’s favourite Lottery-funded projects, and recognise and celebrate the difference that Lottery-funded projects make to communities across the UK. Progress to the finals was determined by a public vote.

Saltholme and the other finalists will receive national recognition on a star-studded BBC One TV show in December. They will be up against two other semi-finalists in the education category as they go for finals glory.

Voting for the final winner starts on Tuesday 11 September and runs until midnight on Sunday 28 October.  Information about the awards will feature on the National Lottery Draw Show during this time.

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