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Cornwall's Surf Action charity in lottery awards final

A Surf Action lesson
Image caption Surf Action provides therapeutic sessions around the Cornish coast for military personnel

A Cornish charity which uses surfing to help injured armed service personnel is awaiting the results of the National Lottery awards.

Surf Action believes surfing helps the wounded regain their confidence and boosts self esteem.

It is Cornwall's only finalist competing in the annual search to find the UK's favourite lottery-funded projects.

If successful, Surf Action will use the £2,000 prize to buy more surf boards.

Public voting took place during September, but the results will not be known until the awards night, on Saturday 5 November, when the show will be broadcast live on BBC One.

Surf Action has been running since October 2009 and has already helped 150 injured soldiers.

The charity, which is based at St Buryan, in Penzance, has previously received £49,629 of funding from the Big Lottery Fund.

Rich Emerson from Surf Action said: "We are really grateful for all the support we received during the public voting. It's fingers crossed now that we've done enough to win!

"Lottery funding has made such a difference to our project and it would be the icing on the cake for our staff, volunteers and all our project's supporters to receive national recognition for the positive impact they make."

Surf Action is in the "best health project" category of the awards.

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