Trio added to birthday shortlist

PUBLISHED: 18:18 07 July 2015 | UPDATED: 18:18 07 July 2015

Birthday Presents

Birthday Presents


It is week five of the Times’ Birthday Presents campaign, and the race to be on the money-spinning shortlist is hotting up.

The Great Western Air Ambulance Charity has been added to the Birthday Presents shortlist.The Great Western Air Ambulance Charity has been added to the Birthday Presents shortlist.

We have been inundated with nominations and this week the voting was so tight that one of three lucky causes to be announced today only made it on the shortlist by a single vote – the importance of contacting us has never been greater.

The Birthday Presents campaign seeks to reward community groups and charities which mean a lot to readers and we have decided 35 should benefit, to coincide with the Times’ 35th birthday.

The next three causes to make the growing shortlist cover very different facets of our community but all are incredibly important.

The first to join the other 14 causes already on the shortlist is Great Western Air Ambulance Charity.

Its helicopter is often seen flying above North Somerset, but is reliant on public donations to keep it flying.

With the charity receiving no Government or lottery funding, the Birthday Presents campaign aims to do all it can to help.

The second group to make the final list is Motivation.

John Sleigh was one of the Times readers to nominate it, and said: “Motivation provides wheelchairs and training for disabled people in the world’s poorest countries – and all from a small corner of Backwell.

“Its work makes a life-changing difference to people who otherwise face a life immobile, excluded and neglected.

“I’m proud Backwell is involved in this global effort.”

And this week’s third group to make the shortlist is Portishead Youth Club which received a lot of nominations.

Julia Senior-Smith was one person to put the club forward and said: “The holiday scheme is really good for children who are in secondary school but not yet ready to stay at home on their own.”

Rachel Woollatt added: “I use the youth club in the school holidays. It offers great value holiday activities for children. My children get to bake, play sport, do crafts and chill out. It’s a superb facility.”

With 17 places filled, just 18 remain – but there is still plenty of time to make sure your club, trust or group makes the shortlist. To nominate a cause, or to put your business forward to sponsor one of the causes, email

Alternatively send your name, telephone number, email address and a 50-word nomination explanation to, Birthday Presents campaign, North Somerset Times, 32 Waterloo Street, Weston-super-Mare, North Somerset, BS23 1LW.

The 17 causes chosen to benefit from the Times’ Birthday presents campaign so far are:

Claverham, Cleeve and Yatton Scout Group

Children’s Hospice South West

Clevedon District Foodbank

Clevedon United Football Club

Gemini Gymnastics Club

Great Western Air Ambulance Charity


Hedgehog Rescue

Home-Start North Somerset


Nailsea Skatepark Project

Portishead Christmas Lights

Portishead Pool Community Trust

Portishead RNLI

Portishead Youth Club

Royal British Legion

Springboard Opportunity Group

* A further three causes will be announced in tomorrow’s (Wednesday’s) Times.

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