The voting has opened... Who deserves your vote?

To celebrate the opening of our tenth branch in Rotherham, we have decided to do a community initiative where one charity, local cause or community project could win a £250 donation of building materials to help support them with their projects.

We were blown away by the number of nominations we received, it's clear to see there is a lot of support in the community and every nomination was worthy of a place in the final selection. It was due to the sheer volume of nominations that we have decided to extend and choose a final 4 to go to the public vote, instead of a final 3.

Take a look at the 4 finalists below who will all be in the running to win £250 worth of building materials. Voting opens at 16:00 today and closes on the 5th July at 16:00, so you don't have much time. Have a read over and find out a little bit more about all 4 of our finalists. All very worthy of our £250 building material donation, but who does your vote go to?

Nomination 1- Rain Rescue

Founded in 2002 by Jacquie Neiilson, Rain Rescue has saved the lives of thousands of dogs and cats most at risk in and around Yorkshire. The rescue centre provides space and support to abandoned animals to recover, thrive and to find a loving home.

Each year Rain Rescue save between 400-500 dogs and cats from crisis, bringing them into their care and doing everything they can in order to help them find new loving homes. They focus on the dogs and cats that most need their help including:

  • Dogs in stray kennels that are due to be put down when their statutory seven days care runs out
  • Abandoned cats that have been left alone or thrown out onto the street with nodboy to care for them.

Rain Rescue is a full member of The Association of Dogs and Cats Homes (ADCH). In 2013 Jacquie Neilson was voted onto the board of elected officers and committee of ADCH, where she helps shape national strategies for animal rescues.

Nomination 2- Rotherham Hospice

The purpose of Rotherham Hospice is to enhance the quality of life of patients and those important to them through specialist palliative care services and education. Their dedicated team of staff and volunteers work together to provide quality care that incorporates psychological, physical, social and spiritual support to help patients and their families achieve the very best quality of life, both at home and in the hospice. The care and help they provide is given free of charge.

In 2009 the Board of Trustees approved plans for a ten-bed extension to the hospice inpatient unit. This unit offers various care services such as a day unit, hospice at home, bereavement support for adults and Sunbeams bereavement support for children. Support for family, friends and carers is also an important part of the care available.

Nomination 3- Community Connect C.I.C

Community Connect C.I.C are a new social enterprise business for adults with learning disabilities, based in Wath-Upon-Dearne. Their aim is to forge links with local groups and organisations, taking part in variouys activities, learning new skills, socialising and connecting with friends old and new.

One of their current projects is to transform a piece of land measuring 28m x 15m, that has been kindly given to them by Wath Rugby Club, and turn it into a community sensory garden that will also provide a safe and secure environment for any groups that us it. Furthermore, their end goal is to have a large grassed area for recreational use and raised beds to make gardening available to everyone. The garden will also include a large sensory area that would be great fro anyone with a sensory disability or autism and it will have entrances and pathways that are easily accessible for wheelchair users or anyone who has difficulty in walking.

Community Connect C.I.C intend to work with other learning disability groups and local schools to help transform this space whilst also helping them gain experience, this is essential for skills building and it will hopefully encourage people to go on to create their own garden areas.

Nomination 4- Frickley Athletic Football club

Frickley Athletic Football Club is a football club based in South Elmsall, Pontefract. The town is an ex mining community hit hard by the closure of the pit many years ago but still feeling the effects. The club is working harder than ever to be a part of the community and also attract the wider community to the area, giving them something to be proud og.

Frickley Athletic Football Club is now a club in excess of 275 players as well as coaching staff, parents, grandparents, siblings and fans. They are also the home of Frickley Country Park Run; the 'Park Run' is a free national initiative to get people out of walking and running every Saturday morning at 9am. The club provides somewhere runners can meet pre run, change and shower as well as grab a coffee and a bacon sandwich afterwards. They have their very own 'Frickley Family'!

In order to start their season in the very best way possible and welcome new boys and girls as well as the Park Runners to the club, they are looking to spruce up the gorund, classroom, community room and changing facilities. They also need to do some much needed maintenance and repair a fence that was unfortunately damaged in a storm last year.

Now you've found out all about them, now's the time to choose. Head over to the voting using the link below to cast your vote: