Slough people are invited to nominate 'lockdown legends' as the National Lottery awards launch this week.

This year's annual search for the UK’s most popular National Lottery funded projects will for the first time honour individuals who have made an extraordinary impact in their community - especially during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

More than £1,666,870 of National Lottery funding has been invested in good causes in Slough in 2018/19 alone.

Now nominations are wanted for people who have done amazing things as individuals with the help of National Lottery funding.

Winners in each category will receive a £3,000 cash prize for their organisation and a coveted National Lottery Awards trophy.

Jonathan Tuchner from the National Lottery Promotions Unit said: "Now more than ever, people have rallied together and individuals are performing inspirational acts and extraordinary endeavours to help in cities, towns and villages up and down the country.

“Thanks to National Lottery players, up to £600 million has been made available to support communities throughout the UK amid the coronavirus crisis. People have used National Lottery funding in amazing ways during these challenging times.”

There will be a special Young Hero Award for someone under the age of 18 who has gone that extra mile in their organisation. All nominees must work or act for a National Lottery funded organisation or have received National Lottery funding.

To make your nomination for this year’s National Lottery Awards, tweet @LottoGoodCauses with your suggestions or complete an entry form through our website []. Entries must be received by midnight on August 19.