Local waitress’ restaurant to star in TV advert

Trainees at 180� Restaurant which stars in a National Lottery advert: Carla McConville (Portadown), Grace Kelly (Banbridge), Naoimi Milligan (Portadown), Lisa Crossan (Portadown), Nicola Ritchie (Loughgall)
Trainees at 180� Restaurant which stars in a National Lottery advert: Carla McConville (Portadown), Grace Kelly (Banbridge), Naoimi Milligan (Portadown), Lisa Crossan (Portadown), Nicola Ritchie (Loughgall)

A RESTAURANT which emplys a Banbridge girl as part of its scheme to offer work experience to people with learning disabilities is set to feature in a national television series.

Grace Kelly is a trainee in One Eighty Degrees Restaurant in Portadown, one of just five projects featuring in national press advertisements demonstrating the breadth of good causes around the UK.

One Eighty Degrees Restaurant is run by the group, Step By Step NI Ltd and offers work experience in the restaurant trade for young people with learning disabilities from Armagh, Portadown and Craigavon to work in the restaurant and learn new catering skills. 

The press advert is part of ‘The National Lottery - Life Changing’ campaign, which aims to raise even greater public awareness of how lives are being changed for the better through National Lottery funding.

National press adverts will showcase the wide range and scale of National Lottery funding. A new online directory also enables people to see for themselves how National Lottery funding has transformed their own community.

Speaking about the restaurant’s work, Alan Brown, Project Manager of Step By Step NI Ltd said, “The restaurant gives young people a chance to be supported, learn new skills and have their independence. They are working towards NVQs and get an opportunity to do something very positive. 

“I’m grateful they have been picked to show what Lottery players’ money can achieve every time they buy a ticket. It’s amazing what National Lottery funding can do, and it has made all the difference to us.”

Over £27 billion has gone to more than 370,000 voluntary and community groups, arts, education, sport, heritage, environment and health projects across the UK since The National Lottery started in 1994.