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Charity Strikes Right Chord With Tinchy Stryder

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Musician and entrepreneur Tinchy Stryder today surprised Fixers, a Winchester-based youth charity, with the news that it has been voted the UK’s Best Voluntary/Charity project in this year’s National Lottery Awards.

Aged 16 to 25, Fixers use their past experiences to ‘fix’ or change the future for themselves and others.  With support of National Lottery funding and the main ‘Fixers Hub’ in Winchester, 13,000 young people have become Fixers across the UK, helping others and gaining vital life-changing confidence and skills. 

The charity received 6,919 votes to win Best Vountary/Charity Project in this year’s National Lottery Awards, which is the annual search to find the nation’s favourite Lottery-funded projects.

Tinchy Stryder says: “Fixers are an inspirational group of young people making a positive impact on the world.  I’m so pleased I was able to tell them they’d won this award and congratulate them on the amazing work they are doing.  It was a fantastic reaction when I presented the trophy, it obviously means such a lot to everyone involved.”

Margo Horsley, Chief Executive of Fixers, says: “Every single one of our 13,000 Fixers should take pride in winning this prestigious award.  It is recognition for all their hard work and belief in making a positive difference.  I’m so proud of the life-changing impact of Fixers.”

The achievements of Fixers will be celebrated at a special star-studded ceremony, The National Lottery Stars, broadcast at 10.30pm on BBC One on 19 September. The charity will also receive a £2,000 cash prize to spend on its project as well as the coveted National Lottery Awards trophy.  
More about the charity:

Fixers are young people aged 16 to 25 with different backgrounds, interests and life experiences, and come from all UK postcodes.  13,000 Fixers are using their experiences to prevent what happened to them happening to someone else.  They do this by telling their own stories in their own words.  The issues tackled in some 1,500 projects include eating disorders, abuse, physical and mental health conditions, offending and cyberbullying.

£7.2 million of National Lottery funding contributes towards the office space, equipment and the 80-strong staff who enable young people to ‘fix’ things. 
More about the Awards:

National Lottery players raise over £33 million a week and that money goes to support people and projects across the UK.  The Awards are a great way to show National Lottery players where their funding has gone and the life-changing difference playing the Lottery every week is making to communities across the UK. 

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

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For more information contact Jackie Aplin on 07917 791 791873, or email: Jackie.Aplin@lotterygoodcauses.org.uk

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