Get voting for worthy groups
ENTRIES have been pouring in for our Cash for your Community competition.
Scores of community groups and organisations are hoping to pick up a share of the £25,000 pot which has been donated by Western Power Distribution.
And the day for finding out who has been successful is drawing closer.
Entries have now closed, but groups are now priming their members and supporters to collect and send in coupons which will be printed in the Echo.
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The group gathering the most will win the top prize of £2,000.
It could mean success for members of the Wonford Community Association, which would love to win money to replenish its kitchen utensils.
The association runs a luncheon club and has dreamed of owning a hot cupboard.
There is also an increasing need for milk and water jugs, mugs, tea towels, sugar bowls and flasks.
Or it could mean success for Exeter Aces Cycle Speedway. Based in Marsh Barton, the club is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and is the only cycle speedway group in the South West.
It has two second-hand mobile buildings, and now members need to raise funds to fit them out.
Perhaps the winners will be St Matthew's Community Pre-school which is based in Newtown Primary School.
The pre-school, which has 26 children aged three to four, is keen to do more with regard to teaching communications.
Extra money would mean another member of staff.
But for any group or organisation to be in the money they need your votes.
All the nominations will now be judged and whittled down to 43.
Details of these will be published in the Echo next week along with the first of the voting coupons.
So encourage all members of your group to collect the coupons – the more you collect the more you win.
Tracy Carr, of Western Power Distribution, said: "We have been delighted with the response to the Cash for Your Community campaign.
"The groups who have entered are diverse and represent the whole range of people who make up our communities; all worthy recipients for a share of the £25,000.
"Now that we move to the next phase of this campaign, we want to encourage all readers across Devon to participate in the voting and support one of the local groups on the shortlist and help them receive a share of the funding available. Good luck to everyone."