Community groups aim to win your votes

APPEAL Steve Dent from the Fareham and Gosport Basics Bank pictured with donations in 2011
APPEAL Steve Dent from the Fareham and Gosport Basics Bank pictured with donations in 2011

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THE fight is on as community projects in the area battle for votes for a cash injection from the Lloyds bank community awards.

The scheme provides grants to help good causes in England, Wales and the Isle of Man.

It has short-listed four community groups in Portsmouth, Fareham, Gosport and Waterlooville for the awards.

The top two groups in each area stand to receive a financial boost of £3,000 with the remaining two receiving £300.

One of the projects short-listed for an award is The Basics Bank, which runs two food banks in Fareham and Gosport to help anyone in crisis. In the last year it has provided over 3,000 people with seven days’ worth of food and clothing.

Also in the running for a cash award is Faith and Football, a Portsmouth charity that works in deprived areas of the city helping disadvantaged youngsters.

The charity uses football as a platform to keep vulnerable teenagers off the streets and out of trouble,

The Rainbow Centre in Fareham is also desperately in need of votes to get more cash to care for children with cerebral palsy and adults with Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis. A top place win for them would see them receive enough money to run the centre for a whole day.

The community groups battling it out for your votes are:

· Portsmouth: The Elizabeth Foundation Community, The Trussell Trust Food Bank, Faith and Football and Second Chance Community.

· Fareham: The Rainbow Centre, The Friends of the Homeless in Fareham and Gosport, the Portchester Community Association and The Royal Navy Sea Scout group

· Gosport: The Gosport and Fareham Rugby Club, The Ocean Youth Trust South, Read and Grow and Leesland School.

· Waterlooville: The Highlands Hub Community Centre and Meeting Point, Riverside School, Naomi House and Jack’s Place and The Rowans Hospice.

The closing date for voting is Friday, November 1. More information on each short-listed group and details of how to vote for a cause can be found online at