Charity secures public vote to win cash

CASTLE Morpeth Disability Association in Morpeth has landed more than £50,000 in Big Lottery Funding thanks to a public vote.

The organisation were part of the People’s Millions competition with ITV Tyne Tees and had to rely on a public vote to win the money

Each night two local groups compete to win a Lottery grant of up to £60,000 for a community project which will open in 2012, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year and Castle Morpeth Disability Association were Tuesday nights winners landing £52,552.

The Community Works project will provide access to a free handyman and gardening service for those who are at risk of social exclusion due to age, disability or low incomes.

Volunteers will provide the service alongside paid workers, giving them the opportunity to increase their skills while helping others.

James Turner, Big Lottery Fund’s Head of the North East region, said: “The Jubilee People’s Millions is a great way of showing what local groups can achieve when they have the support of their community behind them, and we’d like to congratulate Castle Morpeth Disability Association on their success in yesterday’s contest. Tonight is the final night of voting so tune in to ITV Tyne Tees and make your vote count.”