Over 1,500 people were nominated for the work they have carried out with the help of National Lottery funding this year.

Next month a panel, made up of representatives of The National Lottery and partners, will decide the winners in each category from a shortlist of five.

The winners will be revealed in the autumn and will receive a £3,000 cash prize for their organisation and a coveted National Lottery Awards trophy.

Jonathan Tuchner, from The National Lottery, said: “Since 1994, The National Lottery has made a huge positive impact on life across the UK. Thanks to National Lottery players and the £36 million raised each week for good causes, thousands of organisations are making an incredible impact and difference in their local areas.

“The National Lottery Awards honour those who have stepped up and stood out like Gary and Patrick, who work tirelessly for their community. They deserve great praise and our thanks for their incredible work.”

Shauna Corr