THE National Lottery has announced it awarded £636,000 to good causes in Halesowen and Rowley Regis in 2013.

Grants were given to fifteen organisations to boost local arts, sport and heritage and community groups helping vulnerable people.

The big winners were Loaves 'n' Fishes in Old Hill which scooped £218,000 to support people in crisis through free furniture.

Halesowen Cricket Club were given £23,000 towards the renovation of the club house and Leasowes Community College were given £9, 835 to buy fitness equipment for exercise sessions for both pupils and the community.

Windsor High School, Earls High School, Blackheath and Westminster School were awarded £33,960 between them for extra-curricular activities which will benefit both pupils and local residents.

Other grants included £3,709 for the Bangladeshi Development Group to help fund summer holidays for the group's members and £8,317 given to Building Bridges Training for community research with people with learning difficulties.

All the organisations have been invited to enter the National Lottery Awards 2014 for a chance to showcase their good work on a national level.

John Barrowman, presenter of last year’s National Lottery Awards show, said: “National Lottery players raise £33 million every week for a wide range of projects which make a life changing difference to local communities.

"The awards are a great way of celebrating their work and the unsung heroes helping people with National Lottery funding.

“Everyone in Halesowen who plays the National Lottery should be proud of the difference their money is making in the local community. If you know of a Lottery-funded organisation that deserves to be nominated, we want to hear from you.”

The National Lottery Awards have seven categories - sport, heritage, arts, environment, health, education and voluntary.

The winners of The National Lottery Awards will receive a £2,000 cash prize and national recognition at a star-studded event broadcast on BBC One.

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