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Winning our National Lottery Award for Best Arts Project 2008 at the BBC Television Studios, London / 30 August 2008

Mark Richardson and Matthew Hellett with the National Lottery award at the BBC in London.

Mark Richardson and Matthew Hellett with the National Lottery award at the BBC in London.

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By Matthew Hellett

We were shortlisted for the Best Arts Project 2008 by the National Lottery Awards, along with two other fantastic arts projects.

We went along to the BBC Studios on Saturday the 30th August. We had champagne and we met lots of celebrities. We didn't know who they all were – so we had to keep asking them.

We sat in the audience for the programme. We were feeling nervous and excited. It all seemed a bit like a dream.

When they announced that we had won I just couldn't believe it, it made me feel like all our hard work is being recognised and at last taken seriously.

I got the Jenni Faulkner and made my speech on live TV. I accepted our Award on behalf of all learning disabled film makers in the UK who have helped Oska Bright come so far.