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12 August 2013, 05:40
A Middlesbrough charity which helps victims of domestic violence has beaten off competition from 900 other charities to win a £2,000 prize.
My Sister's Place in Middlesbrough provides specialist support, advice and access to services for women who have suffered domestic violence.
It was one of around 900 charities across the UK to apply for the National Lottery Award.
They were then shortlisted to just 7 charities and had to get the public to vote for them over the course of 6 weeks.
My Sister's Place, which celebrated it's 10th anniversary last year, won 6,714 public votes which saw them crowned the nation's favourite voluntary/charity project
X Factor finalist Jahmene Douglas called in to present the award to the staff and volunteers at the Borough Road building where the charity is based.
Service development manager at the charity, Michelle Brown, told Capital:
"It means a lot to us. Its a great recognition of the work that we do.
The National Lottery has been so supportive of the service.
Without that we can't keep delivering services."