Chichester charity celebrates its lottery success

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STONEPILLOW Restore has won a place in the semi-finals of the National Lottery Awards 2012 and is calling for local support when public voting opens.

The Chichester-based store is a furniture recycling project which provides practical skills in a working environment for homeless and vulnerable people in and around Chichester.

The National Lottery Awards recognise the positive impact that Lottery-funded projects make to local communities.

Stonepillow Restore is one of only ten projects to make it through in the Best Voluntary Project category.

Susie Timney, Stonepillow’s community fundraiser, said: “National Lottery Funding has been vital, we were able to transform a derelict warehouse into a fully functioning workshop and retail outlet. The project provides a safe environment for long-term unemployed to become trainees and develop new skills, as well as regain their self-confidence.”

People in Chichester are being urged to help Stonepillow Restore make it through to the final which is broadcast live on BBC One later this year. The winning project in each of the categories will receive national recognition and a £2,000 cash prize to spend on their project.

Voting for the semi-finals starts at 9am on Tuesday, June 26 and ends at midday on Sunday, July 22. To vote for Stonepillow Restore call 0844 836 9739 or visit www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/awards