Youth charity to feature on national TV

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THE inspirational work of Young Pioneers’ Be Healthy project will be shown on national television this weekend as the nation votes for its favourite National Lottery Good Causes.

Young Pioneers’ Be Healthy project in Battle is in the final of The National Lottery Awards 2012 – the annual search to find the UK’s favourite Lottery-funded projects.

A film on the project will feature on The National Lottery: Secret Fortunes on BBC One tomorrow (Saturday).

Founded four years ago by schoolboy, Luke Lancaster, then aged 12, the Be Healthy programme is a practical set of skills which enables young people to be more confident and understand how to have a healthy lifestyle.

It trains young people to become Be Healthy trainers who in turn work with other young people to help them understand how they can take positive action and avoid harmful choices.

Young Pioneers is competing against two other Lottery-funded projects to amass the highest number of votes to win a coveted trophy for Best Health Project and a £2,000 prize.

Luke Lancaster, CEO and founder, said: “We are thrilled that our work will be promoted to millions on national television.

“We owe a massive debt of gratitude to National Lottery players for their funding.

“It has allowed us to change so many people’s lives.

“We hope National Lottery players will recognise this and vote for us to win the Best Health category.”

There are seven categories in the National Lottery Awards that reflect the main areas of Lottery funding: arts, sport, heritage, health, environment, education and voluntary/charity.

The public are able to vote for their favourite projects in these categories until Sunday October 28 at www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/awards.

The winners will be celebrated at a special star-studded show on BBC One later in the year.