Brainy Dogs, a project run by Headway Ipswich and East Suffolk, has claimed a runners-up spot in this year’s National Lottery Awards.
The charity trains dogs to be companions for people with neurological conditions – helping those struggling to cope with personality changes feel loved. Prisoners from Hollesley Bay Open Prison are involved in training the dogs and dogs from Felixstowe Blue Cross rehoming centre get new homes and owners.
The project beat off hundreds of other entries to be shortlisted in the Best Health Category in this year’s National Lottery Awards. It attracted 3,555 votes in the final but lost out to the Ichthyosis Support Group for the top prize.
The National Lottery Awards recognise the inspirational impact of National Lottery funded across all sections of society. National Lottery players raise more than £35 million for good causes throughout the UK every week.
Congratulating Headway Ipswich and East Suffolk on their efforts, Jackie O’Sullivan from the National Lottery Awards said: “Regardless of the outcome everyone at Headway Ipswich and East Suffolk should be extremely proud of their achievements. It is fitting that Headway Ipswich and East Suffolk should be highlighted in this way for their invaluable contribution to society. We sincerely hope their involvement in this campaign has raised awareness of this fantastic organisation and inspired others to get involved to help continue their good work.”
Winners of the National Lottery Awards will receive their awards and a £2,000 cash prize at a star-studded ceremony in London in September which will be broadcast on BBC One and hosted by the actor John Barrowman.