Keep Wales Tidy has won a public vote to secure £50,000 of National Lottery funding as part of this year’s The People’s Projects. The money was awarded after the charity won the public over with their plans to transform unloved areas of three hospitals into beautiful gardens. 

Keep Wales Tidy was one of five groups in Wales to compete for a share of a life changing £3 million. Each of the groups had their projects featured on prime time TV, giving the public a chance to see their fantastic work and then make the tough choice of where the money should go.

After being chosen by voters from across the region, Keep Wales Tidy will use this new funding to continue their work to bring people together, strengthen their local community and make a difference to people’s lives. The aim is to create quiet havens that will benefit the health and wellbeing of patients, visitors and hard-working NHS staff at Gorseinon Hospital, Morriston Hospital and Ysbyty Cwm Rhondda.    

The People’s Projects is a partnership between The National Lottery Community Fund, The National Lottery and ITV. Since 2005 it has given the public a unique say in how National Lottery money should be put to good use in their local area.

John Rose, Wales Director at The National Lottery Community Fund, said:

The People’s Projects highlights the fantastic things communities are doing across the UK to enable people to thrive. In every village, town and city, local groups are working together to turn great ideas into reality and deliver the change people want to see in their area. We’re really excited to see this year’s winners use National Lottery funding to strengthen their local community and support people to lead happier and healthier lives.

Lesley Jones, Keep Wales Tidy Chief Executive said: 

We are absolutely thrilled to have taken part in The People’s Projects this year. It is has been a huge platform for us to raise awareness of the work we do, and we can’t thank the public enough for getting behind us and giving us the opportunity to make a positive difference to the lives of hospital patients, their families and friends, and NHS staff. Our gardens will enable people to get away from the hustle and bustle of the wards; take in some fresh air and enjoy a beautiful natural environment.

The People’s Projects has awarded around £45 million to over 1,000 good causes across the UK since it started in 2005.