Have you read our MD Ravi Thornton’s Open Letter? We need your vote to win!

PLEASE VOTE NOW!

You can vote from anywhere in the world, in three different ways:

1) Vote on the National Lottery HOAX Project webpage.

2) Vote by calling the National Lottery HOAX Project phone line: 0844 836 9673

3) Vote on Twitter by tweeting or retweeting the hashtag: #NLAHoax

Need more convincing? Here’s that letter we mentioned:

 

An Open Letter to Everyone I Know

 

Dear Everyone,

I have some pretty big news…

The HOAX Project has reached the finals of the National Lottery Awards 2018!

Now, however, it needs your votes. The project with the most votes wins £5,000 to carry on the work, and will be featured on the BBC One show. That’s why I’m sharing this with everyone I know, well or otherwise, to ask that you all please vote and share this too, so that together we can try to make this happen.

 

What is The HOAX Project

The HOAX Project is based on a poem written by my younger brother Rob, who lived with the mental health condition, schizophrenia. After Rob took his own life, I turned his poems, with the help of some truly great people, into a stage musical, a graphic novel and an interactive app. The app invited users to take part in research aimed at helping people with psychosis in the future. You can read about The HOAX Project in detail here.

 

6 reasons why you should vote for The HOAX Project

  1. You care about Mental Health

HOAX pushed the boundaries of engagement, involvement and impact around mental health.

Vote HOAX to keep the conversation moving forwards!

  1. You care about Theatre

HOAX proved scientifically that theatre can be transformational for its audiences.

Vote HOAX to support the case for arts provision in our communities!

  1. You care about Music

Musical theatre and schizophrenia might not seem an obvious match, but the HOAX soundtrack allowed people to escape into and out of its themes with ease.

Vote HOAX to support the work of independent composers and musicians everywhere!

  1. You care about Comics

This is the first time in the 15-year history of the National Lottery Awards that a comics/graphic novel project has made it to the finals.

Vote HOAX simply to celebrate that!

  1. You care about Innovation in Research

HOAX combined narrative, arts, technology and health to engage people with research about a subject that is hard to talk about.

Vote HOAX to keep breaking down barriers!

  1. You care about the Work We Do.

You want to support the ongoing engagement and social-impact work that Ziggy’s Wish does.

Vote HOAX to help develop our follow-on project, raising awareness of the increase in young female suicides in the UK and internationally.

 

PLEASE VOTE NOW

You can vote from anywhere in the world, in three different ways:

1) Vote on the National Lottery HOAX Project webpage.

2) Vote by calling the National Lottery HOAX Project phone line: 0844 836 9673

3) Vote on Twitter by tweeting or retweeting the hashtag: #NLAHoax

 

AND PLEASE SHARE THIS IF YOU CAN

Whatever your channels – mailing list, newsletter, family Sunday lunch – please spread the word.

It’s 10 years since my brother, pictured below, took his life following years of mental illness. National Lottery funding helped us bring his story to the public, and use it to explore new methods of mental health research. To be in the National Lottery Awards finals is an amazing boost in our quest to make mental health issues more visible. We ask everyone to please vote for us, and keep the conversation moving forwards!

 

With love and thanks,

Ravi

 

 

What are the National Lottery Awards

The National Lottery Awards celebrate ordinary people doing extraordinary things with National Lottery funding, which includes Arts Council England funding. The HOAX Project has been nominated in recognition of the social impact it had, and will continue to have, on people, places and communities. It’s made it through to the top 7 Arts category projects in the UK.

 

More about The HOAX Project

The HOAX Project was a crossmedia tour that immersed audiences and participants in the true-life story of its main character, Rob. The project was based on an eponymous poem written in 2004 by the 31-year-old Mancunian, who was living with an ultimately fatal mental health condition, schizophrenia.

After Rob took his own life in 2008, his sister Ravi Thornton turned his poems into a trilogy combining a stage musical, a take-home copy of a graphic novel and access to an app. The app invites users to take part in research aimed at helping people with psychosis in the future.

Tracing the period leading to Rob’s first major breakdown, the musical opened in 2014 at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester, running for four sold-out nights and receiving outstanding reviews. The National Lottery funded tour followed in 2017, visiting traditional theatres in Barnsley, Grimsby and Salford as well as an Army reservist centre in Liverpool and a community centre in York.

The graphic novel told Rob’s story after the period covered by the musical as he struggled with schizophrenia. It has won several awards, including Comics in Education, Graphic Novel of the Year and British Comic Awards Best Book.

A post-show discussion with the cast, audience and crew was held after every performance. The work continues with the aim of pushing the boundaries of engagement, involvement and impact around suicide and mental illness – dedicated to raising awareness, talking about mental health issues, and making it easier to get help.

You can read about The HOAX Project in detail here.