Sharing the story of Hauxley

A Northumberland TV presenter has come home to help lift the lid on how National Lottery funding is spent locally.

Friday, 8th March 2019, 1:05 pm
Updated Friday, 8th March 2019, 3:08 pm
Pete Graves at Hauxley Nature Reserve. Picture by David Wood

Pete Graves, who works for Sky Sports, is presenting a series of documentaries focusing on projects which have made an impact on their communities with the help of Lottery cash.

Each of the four episodes in the online mini-series, Untold Stories: Northumberland, is dedicated to an initiative which is using the funding to make a significant difference locally.

The latest episode, which has been released across the National Lottery’s social channels, is about Hauxley Nature Reserve.

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The Northumberland Wildlife Trust reserve features the Wildlife Discovery Centre, built by an army of volunteers following a £522,600 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Pete said: “I am so proud to call Northumberland home - and after visiting each of the incredible projects featured in Untold Stories: Northumberland, I’m even prouder.

“Having the chance to see first-hand the impact they have on the local community and people’s lives, has been brilliant. I hope people across the area are as moved and inspired as I am after watching the series.”

Other projects in the mini-series are the Blyth Tall Ship, which sees young people in the area recruited to restore an original tall ship; Museums Northumberland’s bait, an art project and Hexham Youth Initiative, a safe space for young people across the Hexham area.

Jonathan Tuchner, from the National Lottery, said: “We are passionate about supporting projects and initiatives that we know have a real, tangible impact on people’s lives. Untold Stories: Northumberland sheds a light on the brilliant initiatives – and the local people behind them – that are using National Lottery funding to make a significant difference. ”

In 2017, the National Lottery invested more than £5million into local good causes in Northumberland, and since 1994 has funded more than 3,800 in the area.

Untold Stories: Northumberland can be seen on Facebook: @LotteryGoodCauses; YouTube: @LotteryGoodCauses; Twitter: @LottoGoodCauses; and Instagram:@nationallotterygoodcauses