South Yorkshire community groups in line for cash windfall

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Dozens of good causes from across South Yorkshire and Derbsyhire have been shortlisted for a cash windfall.

Residents are urged to vote in the Lloyds Bank Community Fund 2014 to determine how much each of the local community group receives.

Each of the shortlisted groups will be in with a chance of receiving £3,000, £2,000, £1,000 or £500 depending on the number of votes it gets.

Young people are set to be key beneficiaries with almost a third of the good causes focusing on projects for them, while a quarter of the schemes support people with disabilities and mental health issues.

David Nicholson, Yorkshire and Humberside ambassador for Lloyds Banking Group said “Through our Helping Britain Prosper Plan we have committed to being the banking group that brings communities together to help them thrive.

“We are incredibly proud to be able to support more community groups than ever before across Yorkshire and Humberside to continue their vital work through our Community Fund.

“This year your vote can make a significant difference to the amount awarded to each community group so I encourage everyone to take a moment to champion a good cause locally and cast a vote.”

The shortlisted community groups in Sheffield are the Golddigger Trust, St Luke’s Hospice, Third Angel, Manor and Castle Development Trust, Cavendish Cancer Care, the Monty Zoomers and Steel City Tremorloes, Loxley Valley Community Farm, the Big Breakfast and Food Bank at Church on the Corner in Hillsborough, Sheffield Alcohol Support Service, Heeley Development Trust, Whirlow Hall Farm Trust and Enable Sheffield.

Groups and organisations in Barnsley, Rotherham, Mexborough, Doncaster, Eckington and Chesterfield are also in the running.

n Votes can be cast at Lloyds Bank branches, online at www.lloydsbank.com/communityfund, by text message and via Twitter. Voting closes on October 10.