The National Lottery Awards celebrate and recognise the hard work and dedication of people who use Lottery funding to make a real difference to communities across the UK.
This year’s awards attracted nearly 100,000 public votes, with the winners announced during a special National Lottery Day programme, ‘Everyone’s a winner’ on BBC1. Representatives from The Food Chain joined 12 other regional and country finalists on the show hosted by Noel Edmonds.
The Food Chain triumphed in the Inspiration category, which celebrates and recognises the most inspirational Lottery-funded projects. Inspirational athletes Dame Kelly Holmes and Ade Adepitan handed out the Award to the delighted winners.
The Food Chain is a pioneering charity that provides meals and nutritional advice to people living with HIV/AIDs, offering specialist meals and groceries for men, women and children across London.
The Food Chain received more than £125,00 from the Big Lottery Fund and now has almost 1,000 volunteers who devise the recipes and then prepare and deliver the meals providing a much needed service for people across the capital.
Accepting the National Lottery Inspiration Award Martin Dibben, Chair of the Food Chain said: "We are absolutely delighted to receive this National Lottery Award. We are very flattered that The Food Chain is recognised as being an Inspirational charity.
"This award is not only a great way for us to thank all our volunteers, supporters and staff, whose commitment to helping those with HIV is unfaltering, but thanks to Lottery funding we have been able to raise the importance of nutritious food promoting good health and recovery - especially for those with HIV."
Since The National Lottery began in 1994, more than £19 billion has been raised for Good Causes in the UK and over 240,000 grants given out across arts, sport, heritage, charities, health, education and the environment in Wales.
Other winners at The National Lottery Awards were UCAN Perform who scooped the Children’s Champion award, Stuart Liddell from the Inverary and District Pipe Band claimed the title of Local Legend and The Trans Pennine Trail which was named the UK’s favourite Amazing Space project.
The National Lottery Awards formed part of the activities for National Lottery Day which took place on Saturday 23 September. National Lottery Day celebrates and recognises the difference Lottery funding has made to people and communities across the UK. The National Lottery has raised £19 billion for Good Causes since it began in 1994.