MORE than £4.5 million of lottery funding was invested in Chorley last year, new figures reveal.

Across the borough, 28 grants were awarded, providing a cash boost to local arts, sport and heritage and community groups helping the area’s most vulnerable people.

In 2013, grants awarded included £179,411 to Citizens Advice Bureau to increase collaborative working, 50,000 to Chorley Cricket Club for the refurbishment and an extension of the pavilion and £10,000 to Brothers of Charity Network 50+ to deliver educational, and health promotion activities for older people together with dementia awareness training for volunteers.

Now these projects, and any organisation which has received Lottery funding, have a chance to gain national recognition for their work as the National Lottery Awards 2014 open for entries.

John Barrowman, presenter of last year’s National Lottery Awards show, said: “National Lottery players raise £33 million every week for a wide range of projects which make a life changing difference to local communities.

The awards are a great way of celebrating their work and the unsung heroes, helping people with funding.

“Everyone in Chorley who plays the National Lottery should be proud of the difference their money is making in the local community. If you know of a Lottery-funded organisation that deserves to be nominated, we want to hear from you.”

The winners of the National Lottery Awards will receive a £2,000 cash prize and national recognition at a star-studded event broadcast on BBC One later this year. If you want to see a project from Chorley celebrated in this year’s National Lottery Awards, visit www.nat to find out more or call 0207 293 3599.

Entries must be received by midnight on March 12.