This week sees voting go live in the Cash for Charities competition in association with the Packet - and the finalists can be revealed.

Back in August we asked readers to nominate their favourite charities, after our parent company’s charitable arm, The Gannett Foundation, announced it was providing £128,000 in cash to support local charities across the country.

The Packet region has a £16,000 share to give away, and now one charity from each newspaper has been put forward to win.

In Cornwall the charity looking for your support is the Cornwall Independent Poverty Forum, a charity based in Truro but supporting people across the Duchy.

The reader who nominated it said the charity had a project providing washing facilities for people who cannot afford to wash uniform, as well as offering financial help for school uniforms and college wear, plus general help with housing issues, electric, gas and water charges.

Read more about the work of the charity in next week’s Packet.

Other charities in the running for a share of the cash are: Cancer Support Salisbury, Andover Food Bank, Friends of Vigo Primary school in Andover, Jane Scarth House Romsey Cancer Support Centre, The Winchester Beacon, The Sophie Barringer Trust in Southampton, Ability Dogs 4 Young People on the Isle of Wight, Weymouth Food Bank and Routes to Roots in Poole.

Now we are putting the power to allocate the cash back into the hands of our readers! You are now invited to collect tokens from our newspapers, which can then be sent to collection points across our region or posted. See this week's newspaper, out today (Wednesday)  for more details.

Each token collected will then be used to allocate cash to the nominated charity – so if your favourite charity collects 50% of all to tokens collected, it will receive 50% of the £16,000!

Last year saw Cornwall Accessible Activities Programme (CAAP) win £10,827.17 after obtaining 54% of the votes for the 2021 pot, and now Cornwall needs to come together again to help get as much money as possible for this year's charity. 

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