Caerphilly miners volunteer for National Lottery Award
A WOMAN who helped save a monument in Caerphilly has been nominated for a National Lottery Prize.
Katherine Hughes, 71, of Caerphilly is a volunteer and secretary of the Caerphilly Miners’ Center for the Community. She was shortlisted in the Community category of the 2021 National Lottery Awards.
Ms Hughes was nominated for her dedicated and unwavering volunteer efforts over the years and is the only Welsh representative as well as one of five nominees.
When plans to close and demolish the center, known locally as Miners, were announced 15 years ago, Ms. Hughes used her experience as a city planner and community development consultant to rally the community to the takeover. of the building.
Ms Hughes said: “I was speechless when I heard that I had been nominated. The National Lottery has played an essential role in setting up this project and in supporting our activities and ambitious plans over the years.
“The center has been a lifeline for many during the pandemic and it would have been a travesty if the building had been demolished. I had seen many iconic South Wales buildings fall into disrepair for lack of support, but felt The Miners could provide a much needed community resource.
“I love volunteering here and being part of a project in my own community is so rewarding and special. It’s great to be a part of such an inspiring and dynamic project, with community members and volunteers from all walks of life coming together to support our common cause.
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The building itself is steeped in history, originally a private residence, it was bought by local miners in 1919 and converted into a hospital for minors and their families – it served the community for almost 90 years. years.
The Caerphilly Miners Center for the Community was established in 2008 and the building reopened in 2015 with funding from the National Lottery. People of all ages and abilities can now use the building as a hub to access a wide range of affordable services and activities, including language, dance, art and fitness classes, fitness programs. matchmaking and other social activities.
The National Lottery Awards are an annual celebration of the people and projects funded by the UK’s favorite national lottery, celebrating individuals and groups doing extraordinary things in their community.
This year, more than 1,500 people were nominated for a National Lottery Award in recognition of the work they have done with the help of funding from the National Lottery.
Next month, a panel, made up of representatives from the National Lottery and partners, will select the winners in each category from a shortlist of five.
The winners will be revealed in the fall and will receive a cash prize of £ 3,000 for their organization and a coveted National Lottery Awards trophy.
Jonathan Tuchner of the National Lottery said: “Since 1994, the National Lottery has had a huge positive impact on life across the UK. Thanks to National Lottery players and the £ 36million raised every week for good causes, thousands of organizations are making an incredible impact and difference in their region.
“The National Lottery Awards honor those who have stood out and stood out like Katherine, who works tirelessly for their community. They deserve great praise and our thanks for their incredible work.
Encompassing all aspects of funding national lottery good causes, the 2021 national lottery prizes will recognize outstanding individuals in the following sectors:
- Culture, arts and cinema
- Community / charity
There will be a special Young Hero award for someone under the age of 18 who has gone the extra mile in their organization.
In September, a public vote will be held to find the National Lottery Project of the Year, while online polls will take place after the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics to determine the winner of the National Lottery Olympian and Paralympic Prizes.