Store offering cash grants to local community initiatives

Staff at the Leigh Vodafone store
Staff at the Leigh Vodafone store

Staff at a Leigh store are asking residents to nominate a local charity which they think deserves to scoop a £1,000 jackpot for community work.

Employees at the town’s Vodafone shop want Leigh Observer readers to help select the winner of the telecoms giant’s Community Connection Award.

“We’re keen to play our part as members of the local community and we know there are some really deserving causes out there, working hard to make a difference. We hope they will put themselves forward.”

Paul MacDonald

Causes which can receive votes can be anything from a local soup kitchen requiring money to help feed the homeless to a Scouting group in need of new uniforms.

Readers are being asked to nominate suitable groups anywhere in the Leigh area, with the votes then being assessed by Vodafone staff to find the winner.

Vodafone store manager in Leigh Paul MacDonald said: “We’re delighted to team up with the Leigh Observer to offer a Vodafone Community Connection Award in Leigh.

“We’re keen to play our part as members of the local community and we know there are some really deserving causes out there, working hard to make a difference. We hope they will put themselves forward.”

Charities being suggested must meet the competition criteria. The cause must be based in the Leigh area and make a significant impact on its local community and residents.

Charities based around personal causes and individual plights or those funded by the Government are not eligible and the causes must be stand-alone concerns rather than part of a bigger appeal.

Nominees must also have a registered charity number and the donation must be given for a specific project or purpose rather than simply covering standard operating costs.

The award, which is being run by Vodafone stores across the country, is part of the telephone firm’s mission to breathe new life back into the high street.

So far stores have handed out £1,000 to worthy causes, including a project to collect unwanted appliances and furniture to distribute to cash-strapped people .

The deadline for entries will be Friday September 16. To nominate a charity, write to Leigh Observer, Martland Mill, Martland Mill Lane, Wigan, WN5 0LX or email newsroom@lancspublications.co.uk