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Sense Scotland scoops Lottery Award for health project

Mairi Morrison and Matthew Ward from Sense Scotland collecting National Lottery Award
Image caption Representatives from Sense Scotland attended the ceremony in London

A Scottish charity which helps deaf, blind and disabled children and adults has been named the UK's best health project at the National Lottery Awards.

Glasgow-based Sense Scotland was recognised for its use of lottery cash to fund things like day care, short breaks, arts and outdoor activities.

It received the award at a gala ceremony in London, hosted by Myleene Klass.

Two other Scottish charities picked-up runners-up prizes at the event.

Mairi Morrison, from Sense Scotland, said: "It is an absolute honour to win this award and a real boost for everyone involved to receive national recognition for their hard work and dedication.

"Lottery funding has been absolutely crucial to Sense Scotland.

"The awards have given us a great opportunity to highlight the projects we are able to run thanks to lottery funding."

The Dean and Cauvin Trust, an Edinburgh-based charity which has been providing a service to the city's vulnerable young people since 1733, received a runners-up award in the best voluntary/charity project category.

Windmills Cafe in Motherwell, a training cafe for young people with learning disabilities, was also awarded a runners-up trophy in the best education project category.

The National Lottery Awards are an annual search to find the UK's favourite lottery-funded projects.

All the projects entered in the competition had already received lottery money and the awards recognise the difference that these projects make to local communities, and celebrate the achievements of the people behind them.

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