A TELEVISION presenter is searching for lockdown legends as part of this year’s National Lottery Awards.

Countdown star, Rachel Riley wants to find community groups or individuals who have made a difference in their local community during lockdown.

Each year the National Lottery runs the competition to find the UK’s most popular National Lottery funded project. This year the search will be open to individuals who have made an impact in their local community using lottery funding.

As the closing date fast-approaches, Rachel has appealed for people to nominate their lockdown legend.

She said: “Thanks to National Lottery players, more than £600m has gone to support communities in the crisis. But this year we want to honour the people within those projects who adapted so quickly and gave extra help.

“The awards are a great way to celebrate positivity when there’s such a lot of negativity out there. It’s a real chance to say thank you.”

There are seven categories in the competition which are as follows:

- Arts

- Education

- Health

- Environment

- Sport

- Heritage

- Community/Charity

There will also be a Young Hero Award for someone under the age of 18 who has gone that extra mile in their organisation.

Nominations close on August 19, to make a nomination, click here.