Major funds for range of schemes and organisations

A platform at Morpeth Railway Station. GMDT hopes to get the go-ahead for a big project at the site later this year.
A platform at Morpeth Railway Station. GMDT hopes to get the go-ahead for a big project at the site later this year.

Newly revealed figures show that more than £2million of National Lottery funding awarded in 2015 will benefit projects and residents in the Morpeth postcode areas.

The grants given out will provide a vital boost to arts, sports and heritage schemes, as well as community groups helping those most in need.

The large amounts included £789,700 to Greater Morpeth Development Trust (GMDT) from the Heritage Lottery Fund to assist with the restoration and redevelopment of Morpeth Railway Station.

If it gets all the funding it needs, GMDT will improve facilities for rail passengers and create unique office space for up to seven small businesses in its trackside buildings.

The Northern Poetry Library initiative received £69,000 from Arts Council England. Morpeth Library is home to the regional poetry collection – the largest collection of contemporary poems outside London.

Another grant for a Morpeth-based organisation was awarded by the Big Lottery Fund.

A total of £8,900 was given to a project run by North East Specialist Therapeutic Services (NESTS), a community interest company.

It used the funding to landscape the garden area, including clearing the garden and laying new turf, install a gardening area and footpath and purchase a springless trampoline in order to help NESTS provide a safe, nurturing environment to support the emotional recovery of children who have suffered from past abuse and neglect.

Any organisation that has ever received Lottery funding can be entered for The National Lottery Awards 2016.

The award winners across seven categories – education, sport, health, voluntary/charity, heritage, arts and environment – will get a £3,000 prize and national recognition at a glittering ceremony broadcast on BBC One in October.

John Barrowman, presenter of last year’s National Lottery Awards show, said: “The National Lottery Awards offer an unmissable opportunity to give outstanding projects their time to shine.

“If you can think of a great Lottery funded project, please nominate it for an award.”

Entries must be received by midnight on Wednesday, March 9. For more information about the nomination process, call 0207 2933599.