Online vote to finalise Birthday Presents shortlist
PUBLISHED: 08:00 27 July 2015
With 20 causes already on the Times' Birthday Presents shortlist, it is time to select the final 15 - and we want you to get involved and pick your favourites.
To celebrate 35 years of publishing in the area, the Times is handing out gifts to key community groups, charities and clubs which support the Times area, to ensure they continue to prosper.
Five causes were initially selected, namely Children’s Hospice South West, Clevedon District Foodbank, Nailsea Skatepark Project, Portishead RNLI and the Royal British Legion.
Times readers flooded our mailbox with nominations for other causes to make up the shortlist. Week by week, the causes with the most nominations have been added to the list. They are: Backwell and Nailsea Macular Support Group, Claverham, Cleeve and Yatton Scout Group, Clevedon United Football Club, Gemini Gymnastics Club, Great Western Air Ambulance Charity, KeySteps, Hedgehog Rescue, Home-Start North Somerset, Motivation, Nailsea Junior Cricket Club, North Somerset Mencap, Portishead Christmas Lights, Portishead Pool Community Trust, Portishead Youth Club and, last but not least, Springboard Opportunity Group.
With 15 spaces remaining, the Times is now holding a vote to allow readers to pick their favourite causes. All the groups, charities and organisations appearing in the vote have been nominated by reader(s) to win money from the community fundraising initiative.
The poll, on this page, will be open until 8am on August 10.
The 15 causes with the most votes, and therefore added to the Birthday Presents shortlist, will be announced in the August 12 edition of the Times.
All the groups which make it on to the shortlist will be contacted by the Times after the vote has closed.