It’s a big day for our project. This evening our Come Eat Together project will be highlighted on the National Lottery Awards Show (10.45pm on BBC1). There will be a short film shown that was made with some volunteers and members of the project when John Torode from MasterChef sprung a surprise visit to us to tell us we had won Best Health Project 2014! We hope you will watch it or record it to see the special event. Staff involved in the project went to Pinewood Studios to formally collect our award.
Here is a short advert that the National Lottery have released just for us!
Here is the press release that has gone out today from National Lottery Awards. We hope you are as delighted and thrilled as we are. We would like to thank everyone who voted and supports our work to alleviate loneliness, social isolation and promote good healthy nutrition.
COUNTY DURHAM CHARITY SHINES ON NATIONAL TV
Staff from Age UK County Durham’s Come Eat Together project hit the red carpet and accepted their National Lottery Award at a star-studded awards ceremony, to be broadcast on BBC One this Friday.
Come Eat Together was voted the nation’s favourite Health project in this year’s National Lottery Awards. They will be seen receiving the prize by millions of viewers at 10.45pm on Friday 19 September on the National Lottery Stars 2014 programme.
The project team travelled to London for the event at the world-famous Pinewood Studios, home of James Bond, Star Wars and Superman. They partied with stars including Pixie Lott, Jade Jagger and Scott Mills, during the ceremony hosted by John Barrowman.
A short film featuring a visit from MasterChef star John Torode, who surprised Come Eat Together with news that they had won their National Lottery Award, will also be shown on the programme.
Here you can see us receiving our award from John Torode of MasterChef.
Harriet Gibbon, chief executive of Age UK County Durham said: “We’re very grateful to everyone who voted for us. To know that this award has been decided by the public and that so many people voted for us makes winning this award particularly special.
“I would like to thank our project staff and volunteers who have worked hard to make the project a success and National Lottery players for providing the funding to make ‘Come Eat Together’ possible. Malnutrition, loneliness and social isolation are major public health issues facing many older people. Taking part in the National Lottery Awards and winning this award is helping us to raise the profile of these important issues and the need to address them.”
The National Lottery Awards recognise and reward the inspirational impact of National Lottery funded projects across the UK. National Lottery players raise more than £33 million for projects throughout the UK every week.
Jackie O’Sullivan from the National Lottery added: “The National Lottery Awards recognise and reward the life-changing impact of Lottery funded projects across the country.”
“I would like to congratulate everyone who took part in this year’s National Lottery Awards; we were overwhelmed by the exceptionally high standard of the National Lottery funded projects that entered. Come Eat Together is a deserving winner of the Best Health Award – National Lottery players can be proud that they fund and support this fantastic organisation.”
About the project:
Come Eat Together is a volunteer peer support project which aims to improve older people’s ability to access, cook and enjoy healthy food together, helping them to be more resilient and better able to cope with life stage changes such as retirement, bereavement or ill health.
The project works in a number of ways to promote the benefits of a healthy diet for older people including developing new Lunch Clubs and Dining Circles where older people can come together and take turns to cook for one another in their own homes. The project has an intergenerational element and provides lots of opportunities for older people to share their skills with others, including young people who are keen to learn as well as help.
About the Awards:
There are seven categories in the National Lottery Awards, reflecting the main areas of Lottery funding: arts, education, environment, health, heritage, sport, and voluntary/charity.
Come Eat Together beat off six other finalists in a public vote to win the Best Health Project. It will receive a £2,000 cash prize to spend on the project as well as a coveted National Lottery Awards trophy.