Just one year ago we were thrilled that Come Eat Together reached the finals of the National Lottery Awards in the Best Health Project category.
It launched us into a exciting couple of months which saw our volunteers and members in the project interviewed by television, radio and newspaper journalists. The staff team too found themselves talking to thousands of people about the project as we encouraged members of the public to vote for us. At the same time we cheered on another local finalist ‘If you care, share’, a project which promotes emotional well being in young people & supports families affected by suicide.
Throughout the voting period we met so many people who, like us, are concerned that so many older people are lonely and that so many problems prevent people from enjoying a healthy diet. The people we met inspired us and many of their comments have made us even more passionate about improving later life for older people. If you voted for us, thank you so much.
We won our category with over 12,000 votes from the public and a group of us were invited to Pinewood Studios (where they film James Bond and Star Wars) to take part in the star studded sparkly event. We met all the celebrities and love this photo with John Barrowman who took time to talk to everyone.
Winning this award has enabled us to further raise awareness of the real impact of loneliness and malnutrition among older people. As the new National Lottery Awards finalists have been announced, we wish them all an exciting journey too.
The seven categories are: Arts, Education, Environment, Health, Heritage, Sport and Voluntary Sector.
You can find all the finalists at http://www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/awards
Here you can see us receiving our award from John Torode of MasterChef.