Local groups bid for 50k

Arden House, Leven - The group, along with LOST, are up for a prize of �50,000 in the People's Millions at the end of the month
Arden House, Leven - The group, along with LOST, are up for a prize of �50,000 in the People's Millions at the end of the month

Two local groups in Levenmouth are in the running for a life-changing £50,000 prize to help local people in their area.

The Arden House Project and the Lee O’Brien Solvent Trust (LOST) are up against four other groups from across the STV East area for the chance to win the cash in the People’s Millions 2014.

The contest, taking place on the STV East evening news bulletin at the end of November, will see community groups battle to win national Lottery funding for life-changing projects.

Two groups each night will make their cases for viewers’ support to take home up to £50,000, with the public deciding who wins the prize.

On Monday, November 24, LOST will go head to head with the Falkirk Community Trust, which aims to provide weekly dance workshops for local kids. But if LOST is crowned champion, the project wants to use the cash to raise awareness of volatile solvent abuse and set up a drop in service for those who need it in east central Scotland.

On Wednesday, November 26, The Arden House Project’s ‘Operation Cooks’ will be pitted against The Broomhouse Centre’s ‘Food for all - Broomhouse’ project, based in Edinburgh. If successful, Arden House hope to develop the kitchen at its main Leven site which serves older people across Levenmouth.

Two projects in Edinburgh – Pakistan Society Advice and Information Service Ltd and Cannongate Youth Project Ltd – will also battle for cash.

Voting numbers will be available on the day the projects appear, with voting lines open from 9.00 a.m. The winning project will be announced the following day.

The is the ninth year that the Big Lottery Fund and ITV have teamed up for the People’s Millions, and since 2005, have funded over 599 community projects across the UK.

Jackie Killeen, director Big Lottery Fund Scotland, said: “The People’s Millions competition is a brilliant opportunity for people to have a say in how Lottery money is spent in their communities. Voters will have some difficult choices to make in deciding which of the excellent projects going head to head will get their support. But most importantly, the end result will benefit people and communities most in need.”

Gordon Macmillan, head of news at STV, said, “It’s important to recognise the people that make a real difference in our communities and I wish everyone on the shortlist all the very best.”