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Animal group battles for top prize in City farms handouts

PUBLISHED: 14:17 01 July 2008 | UPDATED: 13:24 05 October 2010

VOLUNTEERS running one of East London’s city animal farms have got through to the semi-finals of the National Lottery awards. Hackney City Farm in Haggerston now battles it out against other projects all over Britain for a chance to win £2,000 for their project and to appear on TV. Another East End venture reaching the Lottery semi-finals last week was a history project at Whitechapel’s Toynbee Hall, one of only 10 making it through to the best heritage’ category

VOLUNTEERS running one of East London's city animal farms have got through to the semi-finals of the National Lottery awards.

Hackney City Farm in Haggerston now battles it out against other projects all over Britain for a chance to win £2,000 for their project and to appear on TV.

The farm in Goldsmith's Row is one of only 10 projects making it through to the semi-finals 'best environment project' category.

Lottery funding has helped the farm to run several community schemes including working with youngsters who are not in education or vocational training.

Another East End venture reaching the Lottery semi-finals the week before was a history project at Whitechapel's Toynbee Hall, one of only 10 making it through to the 'best heritage' category.

Schoolchildren aged 11 to 15 have been collecting oral histories from different generations. Channel 4 TV news presenter Jon Snow helped them with tips about interviewing and research.

Public voting for the semi-finals ends at midday Friday (July 4). The three projects in each category with the most votes go through to the finals and appear on a BBC1 Saturday night TV show later in the year.

Voters for the Toynbee Hall history project can call 0845-386 3599, and for Hackney City Farm 0845-386 5790.

Voting for either can also be done online at:

www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/awards

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