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Vote for 'Pantry Pedal Power'

Posted 16 March 2017   |   By Nicola Poulter

Pantry Pedal Power wants your vote to win £26,000 of National Lottery funding in the People’s Projects 

Your Local Pantry in Stockport is calling for your vote to run its Pantry Pedal Power project.  The aim of the project is to deliver groceries by bicycle to people who can’t get out of the house to visit a Pantry, or find it difficult to carry home heavy shopping due to disabilities or poor health. 

The project is one of five groups competing in ITV Granada for up to £50,000 of National Lottery funding in the People’s Projects competition. Voting opens at 9am on Monday 20 March at

The Big Lottery Fund, ITV and The National Lottery have teamed up to give the UK public the chance to decide how £3 million of National Lottery funding will make a difference in their local area. The three projects with the most public votes will receive grants of up to £50,000 to help them develop their work even further to improve the lives of people in their communities. 

Your Local Pantry, which is operated through Stockport Homes, is calling on the viewers’ support, with the public voting online to decide who wins the prize. On Thursday 23 March Your Local Pantry will showcase their project Pantry Pedal Power on ITV Granada at 6pm. They hope to use the funds to introduce a bicycle delivery service for people who can’t get out of the house to visit a Pantry, or find it difficult to carry home heavy shopping due to disabilities or poor health. 

 Anna Jones, Food Sharing Officer, Your Local Pantry said:

We are so excited to be on the shortlist for this year’s The People’s Projects. Winning this funding would have a huge impact on the local community. Pantry Pedal Power will deliver support in three very different ways: providing a source of reliable, affordable and good quality food, offering work experience and training for those struggling to find work and running a delivery service for people who can’t get out of the house to visit a Pantry. We are looking forward to getting out and about campaigning for votes over the next couple of weeks.

 Dawn Austwick, Big Lottery Fund Chief Executive, said:

We are proud to support 12,000 projects every year that use the knowledge and ideas of local people to strengthen communities. The People’s Projects is a chance for you to decide how National Lottery funding can benefit your local community, so make sure you have your say on who you think should win!

The People’s Projects is an opportunity to celebrate some of the incredible projects the Big Lottery Fund has supported over the past year. With 95 shortlisted across the UK, the public can now decide which groups should win up to £50,000 develop their project further.

Voting closes at noon on Monday 3 April 2017. People can vote once per region and will need an email address to vote*. To support the Pantry Pedal Power project please visit 

Since 2005, around £36 million has been awarded through the Big Lottery Fund, National Lottery and ITV/STV partnership to 770 Good Causes across the UK.


Hi Benni, I would advise that you discuss your housing situation with our Homechoice team who can be contacted on 0161 217 6016 or email


I am on ESA due to mental and physical, long term health issues. I am unable to ever work. They award points for people who work, volunteer, or are in training. I cannot do any of those, so people who ARE able bodied get more points that I do.
I do get medical points but I still have nowhere near enough total points to ever get rehoused; I have been bidding for two years and at least thirty people are in front of me every week. I am probably never going to get rehoused. It is not as if Im being overly fussy about properties; I cannot go for stairs for example.

I even had a wonderful doctors letter saying that my current home is no longer suitable and also making me more ill, and I only got a measly 10 points. It is unfair that people who CANNOT work or volunteer get less points than those who CAN. I am a clean, quiet and decent middle aged woman, non smoker, no pets or children. I had landlords sing my praises in the past yet this counts for nothing. I also have the most excellent references, yet I am stuck with terrible neighbours and two flights of stairs that I can no longer manage; with no chance of ever getting out. I cannot afford private either as the shortfall in rent is out of my reach.

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