Graduate helps get playground shortlisted for national lottery prize
Swansea University graduate helps get Newcastle Emlyn playground shortlisted for national lottery prize of £50,000
Swansea University Nursing graduate, Fiona White of Newcastle Emlyn, has shown her true care potential by playing an instrumental part in getting a community project nominated for National Lottery funding.
The King George V Playing Fields Associated of Newcastle Emlyn has made the final shortlist for ITV's People's Millions – a TV show in which the public are called upon to vote for community projects which need National Lottery funding.
The playground is one of just eight Welsh projects to have been short listed and, if the Newcastle Emlyn park is voted into the top five by the public, it will receive the full £50,000 of funds the committee have applied for.
On Monday 24th November, ITV Wales – on the evening news programme 'Wales Tonight' – two short films will be screened and the viewing public will be asked to choose between Newcastle Emlyn’s Playground and one other project from Wales. The one that receives the most votes will be declared the winner and offered a grant. For the remainder of the week, two further projects will go head to head each night and of the four unsuccessful projects, the one with the highest number of public votes will be 'rescued' – this means that five of the eight projects will get their desired funding.
Over the next two weeks, the King George V Playing Fields committee will be producing their TV promotion, and urging the local community – and everyone they know – to tune in and vote for the playground on the night this is transmitted.
"We urge anyone and everyone to watch the broadcast and vote for the playground by phone or text, so please tell everyone you know, this is our big chance to finally get a fantastic park and secure the much needed funding to complete the next phase!” urged Committee fund-raisers Fiona White and Sue Tabbitt.
Voting lines are open for a project from 9.00am on the morning of that project’s broadcast until midnight the same day. Callers will ring a national-rate number and for BT customers the cost of a call is less than 10p. This is NOT a premium rate call, and neither ITV or Big Lottery Fund will make any money from the calls. Any phone line can be used to vote up to 10 times. Votes will be accepted from anywhere in the UK.
If successful in securing the £50,000 applied for, the Committee will be able to roll out the next stage of the plans for the playground, which includes a fenced-off toddler area, a new zip-wire, basketball hoop and a new tyre-swing installation. However, to complete the project a further £35,000 is still required and additional grant applications have been made. Regular updates will be posted up on the new playground notice board.
The committee meets on the second Monday of each month at 7.30pm at the Council Chambers, in the clock tower, in Newcastle Emlyn. All are welcome.