Inspirational women’s cycling project Breeze going for national glory

Inspirational women’s cycling project Breeze going for national glory

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British Cycling’s Breeze network needs local support as they campaign for votes and the chance to shine on BBC One in this year’s National Lottery Awards.

They have been plucked from over 750 entries to go into the public vote to decide the winners of this year’s National Lottery Awards – the annual search for the UK’s favourite Lottery-funded projects.

Winners in each category can look forward to rubbing shoulders with music, sport and tv stars at the National Lottery Awards in September, shown on BBC One, and going home with a £2,000 cash prize.

Breeze is competing against six other organisations to win Best Sport Project.

Breeze is a cycling programme that was launched to encourage more women to get involved with bike riding for fun. Run by a network of female volunteers, who organise free group bike rides, throughout the country. The aim - to remove barriers that have prevented women taking part by focusing on the fun, social aspects of cycling.

Natalie Justice, women's network project manager for Breeze, says being celebrated on national television would be a dream come true:

“We're delighted to have reached the finals of The National Lottery Awards. Lottery money has really helped us to establish a unique volunteer network for women’s cycling. It’s easy to vote, so we're hoping people support us, as it would be a fantastic reward for all our champions to receive national recognition for their hard work.”

TV star and actor John Barrowman will be presenting the National Lottery Awards for the fourth time this year:

“Every year I am moved by the exceptional work that the finalists of the National Lottery Awards carry out.  They typify everything that is right with society – the volunteering, community spirit and selflessness.

“I urge everyone to get behind British Cycling’s Breeze network as they aim to get the recognition they so richly deserve.  National Lottery players should be proud that the £33 million they raise for good causes every single week goes to projects like these.”

To vote for Breeze,please go to or telephone 0844 836 9706.

Voting runs for four weeks from 9am on Wednesday 25 June until midnight on Wednesday 23 July.  You can follow the campaign on twitter: hashtag #NLAwards.

There are seven projects competing for votes across seven categories, reflecting the main areas of National Lottery funding: arts, sport, heritage, health, environment, education and voluntary/charity.

As well as securing their place at the National Lottery Awards show, the project with the highest number of votes in each category will receive a £2,000 cash prize and an iconic National Lottery Awards trophy.