Accessibility really does matter – and that was proved yesterday when we found out one of our tiny projects has won big and topped the Heritage category of the National Lottery Awards!
We were absolutely blown away when Sally Phillips, actress and comedian surprised us all by presenting us with the prestigious trophy in the beautiful setting of Cockington Country Park in Torquay. To add to the 'wow' factor, a plane flew above towing a banner that read 'HERITAGE ABILITY YOU HAVE WON!'
We've beaten over 700 projects that applied to be in with the chance of winning the coveted award. Today we've celebrated by popping the cork on the non-alcoholic champagne!
Maryann Soper, Project Manager said: “The proof is in the votes– we were up against some really big competitors in the heritage category and this is wonderful recognition for the hard work of the team and all our partner sites working to change the tourism industry for the better. Accessibility means better visitor attractions, family experiences, inclusion and happier people! We’re working tirelessly across the South West and we hope that many more visitor destinations will want to follow our footsteps so we can make a more inclusive tourism industry for everyone.”
A huge thank you to everyone who voted for us in the campaign and supported us - without you this win wouldn't have been possible. We just can't believe it!
Living Options Devon is a well respected user-led organisation which works to ensure that people with disabilities and Deaf people can live the life they choose. Set up in 1990 LOD is a registered charity (Charity N0. 1102489) and a company limited by guarantee (No. 4925281). Based in Exeter and Barnstaple, our charitable aims mean we we can offer services across the South West and share good practice throughout the UK. Being led and run by people with disabilities and Deaf people ensures LOD has first hand knowledge and understanding of the issues facing service users and so is very well placed to increase the influence and voice of Deaf and disabled people. We do this by providing education, training and services which enable people to live the lives they choose.
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