Charity vying for £60,000 TV show prize

A MORPETH charity has reached the final of a television competition which could see it win £60,000 from the Big Lottery Fund.

Castle Morpeth Disability Association’s Community Works project in Morpeth will battle it out against the Survivors of Domestic Abuse project in Redcar.

The two projects are competing for a share of £240,000 as part of a televised competition to mark the Queen’s diamond jubilee.

The contest is being run by the Big Lottery Fund in partnership with ITV and with the approval of Buckingham Palace.

On Tuesday, Castle Morpeth Disability Association’s Community Works project will be featured on the programme, and if it pulls in more votes than the Redcar project, it will be in the money.

If it wins, it would spend the cash on providing access to a free handyman and gardening service for those at risk of social exclusion due to age, disability or low income.

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

Voting numbers will be available on the day the projects are due to appear on ITV, with telephone voting lines opening at 9am on each day and each of the contest’s four winners being announced the following day.