Coventry & Warwickshire

Coventry charity seeks votes for National Lottery Award

Young carers
Image caption Improving Life Chances for Young Carers organises leisure activities as well as providing support

A Coventry charity is appealing for votes in the semi-finals of The National Lottery Awards 2011.

Improving Life Chances for Young Carers is one of only 10 projects to make it through in the Best Voluntary or Charity Project category.

People are being urged to cast a vote from 31 May to put the Coventry charity through to the final.

The winning project will receive recognition through a BBC One broadcast and £2,000 to spend on their work.

Charity is 'thrilled'

Improving Life Chances for Young Carers supports young carers in Coventry aged 5 to 18.

The charity offers one-to-one support, group and peer sessions, education support, training and development opportunities and fun days out.

Sharon Chohan, Young Carers' Services Development Manager, said: "We are absolutely thrilled to have reached the semi-finals.

Image caption Improving Life Chances for Young Carers has £500,000 of Lottery funding

"Lottery money is enabling us to offer a valued support service to many young carers across Coventry, and ensuring that alongside their caring role they are also able to have some time for themselves and just enjoy being a young person."

She added: "It's easy to vote, so we're hoping people come on board and support us, as it would be a fantastic reward for those involved in the project to receive national recognition for their hard work."

Voting for the semi-finals started on 31 May and continues until midday on 20 June.

To vote for Improving Life Chances for Young Carers call 0844 836 9733 or log on to www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/awards.

Calls cost no more than 5p from a BT landline. Calls from other networks may vary, calls from mobiles could cost considerably more. Callers are advised to check with their telephone network provider to be certain of the cost. No profit will be made from the cost of the phone vote by The National Lottery.

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