Bridport News is giving local charities the chance to win a share of £16,000

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The Bridport News is giving local charities the chance to take part in a whopping £16,000 giveaway.

You may be volunteering or working for a charity, or you may want to support your favorite local charity by offering it for a share of the £16,000 cash we are making available to support excellent local courses.

Making a nomination couldn’t be easier – just log on to www.bridportnews.co.uk/readerschoice and complete your nomination form.

Or you can write to us confirming the name and address of the charity you wish to nominate and why: Readers’ Choice Cash For Charity Nominations, Fleet House, Hampshire Road, Weymouth, DT4 9XD before the closing date of the Sunday, September 11.

Once all nominations are received, our editor will select ten of the most deserving local charities to feature in this year’s grant program.

We will then put the power to redistribute the money back into your hands – for four weeks readers will be invited to collect tokens from our newspapers which can then be sent to collection points in our area or posted.

Each token collected will then be used to allocate money to the designated charity. So if your favorite charity collects 50% of all collected tokens, they will receive 50% of the £16,000.

The money is provided by the charitable arm of our parent company: the Gannett Foundation. This year the Gannett Foundation will donate £128,000 to charities across the country.

Last year The Will Mackaness Trust, a Weymouth-based charity providing watersports opportunities for young people, won £3,452.33 from reader votes.

The association wanted to build on the legacy of the 2012 Olympics and provide financial support for young people who wish to practice water sports but would not normally be able to do so due to prohibitive costs.

The Trust used the money to buy youth windsurf boards and fund the cost of some lessons.

Pam Govier, the charity’s trustee, established it in 2008 in memory of her son Will Mackaness, a water sports enthusiast and former Head Boy of Wey Valley School in Weymouth. Will sadly passed away after battling the most aggressive form of brain tumor at the age of 16.

Ms Govier said: “We were delighted to hear that we had received £3,452.33 from Readers’ Choice.

“The very first courses set up by The Will Mackaness Trust, in 2009, were for learning to windsurf and it was wonderful to see the youngsters gaining confidence in what they can achieve in general, not only on the water, with some becoming instructors themselves and others taking part in various windsurfing competitions.”

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