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Local community groups do battle over £50,000 Lottery windfall
Groups will take to the small screen next month to do battle for a £50,000 windfall, with success in the Bradford area meaning a community brass band and city centre fashion show can go ahead.
Six organisations have been shortlisted to vie for the public vote and the Lottery cash in The People’s Millions 2013 television competition for the region.
Each night for three nights, from November 25, two groups will make their bid for viewers’ support to win £50,000 in a telephone vote on the ITV evening regional news. The group with most votes across the week will also win a bonus award.
Hoping for success in the Bradford district is Sutton in Craven Community Primary School and Creative Flare, based in Bradford.
Creative Flare’s pleas for funding for its Inspiring Fashion project will be aired on Wednesday, November 27. It hopes to get more votes than the Better Leeds Communities’ Up Our Street scheme.
If Creative Flare wins the money, it will recycle donated fabrics to make clothes and organise a huge community fashion show in Bradford.
The aim is to work with groups in three areas of Bradford and inspire and develop local design and garment-making talent.
The group, run by Lorrett McIntosh and Rozina Tariq, started out as a parenting group and developed after it held a successful fashion show.
Miss McIntosh said: “It’s a great opportunity for Bradford. We had such a diverse mix of groups involved and it’s a great opportunity to get a lot of people involved and get Bradford on the map for fashion.”
Sutton in Craven Community Primary School will take on Ryedale Folk Museum on Monday, November 25. It hopes to win the cash for its Sutton’s Got Brass scheme to start a community brass band based at the school, but open to all.
The aim is to give children and adults chance to learn an instrument and encourage the whole community to discover the musical heritage of the village.
Other Yorkshire groups competing include a Communities United Project based in Huddersfield and history trial run by Howden Civic Society.
Big Lottery Fund chief executive Dawn Austwick said: “The highly imaginative range of projects shortlisted for The People’s Millions this year really will enable local lives to be changed by you.
“While it will undoubtedly present a challenge for the public to decide which good cause to choose, the end result is certain to benefit communities in need.”