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Liverpool hosted project in the running for major award

AN ambitious art project hosted in Liverpool is appealing for votes to be crowned National Lottery Project of the Year. The World Reimagined beat off stiff competition from more than 1300 organisations to reach the public voting stage in this year's National Lottery Awards, which celebrate the inspirational people and projects which do extraordinary things with the help of National Lottery funding.

There are 17 shortlisted finalists from across the UK, all of which will compete in a 4 week public vote from:- 7 September to 7 October 2022, to be named the National Lottery Project of the Year. Winners will receive a £5,000 cash prize for their project and an iconic National Lottery Awards trophy.

UK wide project:- 'The World Reimagined' aims to transform how we understand the Transatlantic Trade of Enslaved Africans and its impact on all of us.

The World Reimagined sees 10 trails of globe sculptures spread across 7 host Cities; including Liverpool.

The globes were created by 100+ artists responding to the Journey of Discovery, which includes themes ranging from:- 'Mother Africa' and 'The Reality of Being Enslaved' to 'Still We Rise' and 'Expanding Soul.' Their unique designs have been applied to a sculpture shape devised by renowned artist Yinka Shonibare CBE, who also gave the project its name.

The project was founded by Singer, Actor and TV personalities, Michelle Gayle and Dennis Marcus, in the belief that if we are to create a future of racial justice, UK society must come together in dialogue around how we understand our history; how our past shapes the present and future; and how we can act for social change.

Michelle Gayle, Co-founder of the World Reimagined, said:- "We're so proud to have been shortlisted as a finalist for Project of the Year in the 2022 National Lottery Awards. If we're going to build a better future, we need to engage honestly with our past. The World Reimagined aims to help transform the way we think about the Transatlantic Trade in Enslaved Africans and invite everyone to join the conversation. The response we've had to this project shows people are more willing than ever to have difficult conversations about our history, so we can create a more just future, together. Thanks to National Lottery players, we're working across seven Cities to help bring this message to life. So please, get voting to help The World Reimagined become the National Lottery's 2022 Project of the Year."

Jonathan Tuchner, from the National Lottery, added:- "We're so pleased to have received so many nominations highlighting the excellent work that National Lottery-funded projects are doing up and down the UK. It's no secret that times are tough, so it's great to see so many people and projects dedicating so much time and energy into giving something back to their communities. It's thanks to National Lottery players, who raise more than £30 million each week for good causes, that brilliant projects like these are possible. The World Reimagined are doing some incredible work in their local community and they thoroughly deserve to be in the finals of the National Lottery Awards Project of the Year 2022. With your support, they could be a winner."

To vote for The World Reimagined, please go to:- LotteryGoodCauses.Org.UK, or simply use the Twitter hashtag:- "#NLAReImagined." Voting runs until 5pm, on 7 October 2022.

Southport MP welcomes Government's £2 bus fare cap across England

DAMIEN Moore MP has welcomed an announcement by the Government that single journey bus fares across England will be capped at £2, a move which will benefit millions of bus users.

The Government has made available up to £60 million from January to March next year to help bus operators implement the cap, which has been welcomed by a number of national campaign groups.

The announcement will save people 30% on the average fare, helping millions of people with travel costs at a time when many are looking for ways to save money.

The average single fare for a 3 mile journey is estimated at over £2.80, meaning that the new price cap will save regular passengers a significant amount each month.

The funding to keep fares down follows the Government's announcement of £130 million in August to protect vital bus routes and services across the country.

In Southport, with the backing of local MP Damien Moore, residents fought off attempts to alter the vital 44 and 49 bus services, and recent strike action has now ended.

The Confederation of Passenger Transport, the Campaign for Better Transport Groups and sector group Bus Users have all strongly welcomed the plans. Mr. Moore has praised the "positive move." which will "put money into the pockets of bus users here in Southport."

Damien Moore, Member of Parliament for Southport, said:- "Single journey bus fares will be capped at £2 across the country, backed by £60 million as announced by the Government at the weekend. I strongly welcome this plan, which will put more money into the pockets of bus users here in Southport. Whether for Hospital appointments, shopping, meeting with friends, or getting to School and work, people right across our town rely upon local bus routes to go about their daily lives. The recent strike action and threats to alter the 44 and 49 bus services demonstrated just how much our bus network means to our town, and this scheme will help support those who use it. Improving and investing in our town's transport links are an absolute priority for me, whether for busses, rail, or roads. There is still much to do, but I welcome this positive move."

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