Support the Hackney Empire

Support the Hackney Empire

The Hackney Empire is one of's grandest venues. We're leading the charge to help them win votes and appear on BBC One. Read on...!

The Hackney Empire needs local support as it competes for votes and the chance to shine on BBC One in this year’s National Lottery Awards.

The project has been plucked from over 750 entries to go into the public vote to decide the winners of this year’s National Lottery Awards – the annual search for the UK’s favourite Lottery-funded projects. 

The Restoration of Hackney Empire project is competing against six other organisations to win the Best Heritage category, scoop a £2,000 prize and rub shoulders with television, sport and music stars at the glamorous National Lottery Awards on BBC One in September. 

National Lottery funding enabled the extensive restoration of the Hackney Empire when it was in desperate need of repair in 2001.  The three-year £13 million modernisation programme has led to a significant increase in visitor numbers and given thousands of young people the chance to develop their talents.

Claire Middleton, Chief Executive of the Hackney Empire, says winning the award and being celebrated on national television would be a dream come true:

“Hackney Empire is a special building in a special place. The Restoration of Hackney Empire with National Lottery funding breathed new life into this iconic building and allowed us to reach a new generation of theatre goers.  We’re delighted that our efforts have been recognised in this year’s National Lottery Awards.  We’re calling on all our friends and supporters to vote for us to be named Best Heritage Project.  It would be a fantastic acknowledgement for everyone who has been involved with the Hackney Empire to receive national recognition for their hard work.”

TV star and actor John Barrowman will be presenting the National Lottery Awards for the fourth time this year:

“Every year I am moved by the exceptional work that the finalists of the National Lottery Awards carry out.  They typify everything that is right with society – the volunteering, community spirit and selflessness. 

“I urge everyone to get behind The Restoration of Hackney Empire as they aim to get the recognition they so richly deserve.  National Lottery players should be proud that the £33 million they raise for charities every single week goes to projects like this.”

Vote for The Restoration of Hackney Empire here or telephone 0844 836 9696 and follow the campaign on twitter: hashtag #NLAwards.  Voting runs for four weeks from 9am on Wednesday 25 June until midnight on Wednesday 23 July.  

There are seven projects competing for votes across seven categories, reflecting the main areas of National Lottery funding: arts, sport, heritage, health, environment, education and voluntary/charity. 

As well as securing their place at the National Lottery Awards show, the project with the highest number of votes in each category will receive a £2,000 cash prize and an iconic National Lottery Awards trophy.

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