The nominations for The Milton Keynes Citizen and Taylor Wimpey Community Chest award are in – and now it’s up to you to decide who gets the cash.
Steve Rolt, sales and marketing director for Taylor Wimpey South Midlands, said: “We are delighted to see so many worthy causes nominated by readers of The Milton Keynes Citizen for the Community Chest.
“Each and every organisation on the list does great work within the local community and it’s now down to the readers to decide which will receive the £500 cash award.”
Here are all the good causes you have told us about – all you have to do is decide which you would like the full £500 to go to.
You can email your vote for the charity or group you think deserves the money most.
The deadline for votes is Sunday, May 4.
1) Hope for Hollie Foundation; This organisation was launched after Hollie Carter was diagnosed with Niemann-Pick Type C (NP-C), a rare metabolic condition, and aims to advance education about NP-C and make a positive difference to those affected.
2) Eclipse Counselling Service; Eclipse provides a free counselling service for those affected by addiction within the local area, by helping them and their families deal with issues as early as possible through counselling, education and support.
3) Medical Detection Dogs; This charity aims to train specialist dogs to detect the odour of human disease and works in partnership with researchers, NHS trusts and universities.
4) Ride High; This charity helps disadvantaged children by giving them the opportunity to ride and look after horses as well as taking part in clubroom activity to help them develop communication and teamwork skills.
5) Open Door; is a charity which works with both homeless and ‘vulnerably housed’ people, to support them into accommodation and to help reintegrate them into society. They provide two weekly drop-ins where people can eat a hot meal and access advice and support services.
6) Milton Keynes Centre for Integrated Living; This centre provides free advice on disability-related issues for disabled people and those around them.
The centre informs and empowers by giving information and support to contribute positively to the lifestyle and independence of disabled people.
7) Milton Keynes Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Group; This charity offers alternative therapies to those who have been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, to help relieve symptoms and ease the pain that some experience. They offer massage, reflexology and reiki, as well as help, advice and other services.
8) Emily’s Star; Emily’s Star has been set up in the memory of Emily Elizabeth and helps families and nurses who care for children with life-limiting or life-threatening illnesses. It also raises awareness of Trisomy 18 (or Edwards Syndrome) and provides neonatal units with boxes of items for mums and babies.
9) Freewheelers – Milton Keynes; Freewheelers gives adults with learning difficulties the chance to share in an activity many of us take for granted – cycling. A number of specially adapted bikes, trikes and go-carts are offered by Freewheelers so that users can enjoy exercise, fresh air and a community activity.
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10) Henry Allen Trust This Trust aims to bring happiness to children battling cancer, along with their families, in memory of four-year-old Henry who sadly lost his battle with cancer last year. The Trust aims to ‘create smiles and memories’ for local children aged 0-18 and their families.
11) Shenley Christian Fellowship
This local community of people in Milton Keynes worship God, help others in the area and support and donate to other organisations. They host events throughout the year with the aim of bringing the community together.
12) Baby Basics MK Baby Basics is a project of Milton Keynes Pregnancy Crisis Centre and provides good quality second-hand baby clothes, toys and equipment to families in need. The project is manned solely by volunteers and puts surplus baby items to good use.
13) Together at Christmas Together at Christmas is a seasonal event run by four ladies who organise a festive meal, entertainment, gifts and transport for those who would otherwise be alone on Christmas Day, coordinated by the help of those from all over Milton Keynes.
14) DEGA Day Club The DEGA day club provides day care and company for frail older people living in Woburn Sands
and the surrounding area. They provide morning refreshments and a freshly cooked lunch twice a week.
15) Milton Keynes BMX Racing Club The BMX racing club provides TMX trikes for those with special needs and disabilities. The money from the Community Chest would go towards buying another TMX for the children, providing more fun activities for those less able.
16) Bletchley Senior Citizens Centre The Bletchley Senior Citizens Centre on Westfield Road welcomes all elderly people in the local area, providing entertainment, support, a small library, and a chance to meet with old and new friends.
17) Bradwell Village Memorial Hall The Bradwell Village Memorial Hall is a lasting memorial to the heroes of Bradwell who gave their lives in the two World Wars, and also provides the local community with a venue for many
clubs and groups.
18) The Melrose Avenue Resource Centre The MARC in West Bletchley is a community resource centre providing lots of services and community-led activities, including taster courses and free groups for all ages.
19) The Lions Club of Central Milton Keynes The Lions Club are a group of ordinary people who strive to make a difference to the lives of those less fortunate, by giving their time and resources, as well as arranging fundraising activities and environmental projects.
20) The Macular Society Support Group The Macular Society Support Group offers practical and emotional support to all those affected by macular conditions which can cause loss of central vision.
21) The Jessica Sherman Foundation The foundation’s main aims are to comfort and support anyone affected by still-birth or neonatal death, offering counselling and activities for children and adults, as well as fundraising.
22) Young People Are Our Future This charity aims to provide young people with the tools needed to be safe, confident and successful, with fun, interactivity and social skills development being a key priority.
23) Milton Keynes Community Cardiac Group This local charity group holds a weekly meeting for those with cardiac conditions to exercise and socialise with others who have similar problems.
24) Faith Dimensions Feeding Project This project provides food and clothing to those in need, including a weekly lunch club with a shower, clothing, toiletries and a three-course meal. They take food to the homeless and support people into housing.
How to cast your vote
• To vote via email: email email@example.com with Community Chest Vote in the subject line. Include details of your chosen good cause, plus your full name and address.
• To vote by post: Send us your vote, full name and address on a postcard or sealed envelope to: Citizen/Taylor Wimpey Community Chest, Webb Associates, 22 The Point, Market Harborough LE16 7QU. Please note that only one vote per person will be counted.