CancerCare needs your vote to have a chance of becoming Sainsbury’s in Morecambe’s ‘Local Charity of the Year’.
Voting has opened and is taking place on Sainsbury’s website until Sunday, June 24.
CancerCare is an independent local charity based at the Slynedales centre on Slyne Road in Lancaster.
Winning the competition would mean the charity could support even more families affected by cancer and life limiting conditions.
CancerCare’s therapies and support services include counselling, hypnotherapy, the Alexander Technique, aromatherapy massage, group activities, support groups and a Children and Young People’s Service.
With 35 years of experience, CancerCare has helped more than 30,000 local people.
A spokesperson for Sainsbury’s in Morecambe said: “Our colleagues were very impressed with the application from CancerCare to be our ‘Local Charity of the Year’.
“We were delighted to be able to shortlist the charity for the public vote.
“Nationally, our Local Charity of the Year scheme has raised more than £11m since 2009 and this year we’re aiming even higher!
“We want to support local charities because we know they matter to customers and colleagues and make a big difference in the communities we serve.
“As part of this, each year we run our Local Charity of the Year scheme, inviting customers at each store to vote for a charity to support.
“In this, the scheme’s ninth year, we expect to bring in around £2m for more than 1,200 new charities.
“It’s all part of our goal to donate more than £400m to charity by 2020.”
Each summer Sainsbury’s stores prepare a shortlist of three local charities for customers to choose from.
The spokesperson added: “The idea is to choose charities that the store can support all year round, not just with fundraising, but also with awareness raising and volunteering so we can make a big difference.
“Customers then vote on which of the three charities to back either in the store or at our Local Charity of the Year site.”
In 2016 a total of 1.9 million votes were cast – up 440% year on year – showing that more and more customers are backing the scheme.
Helen Hartin, a community fundraiser from CancerCare in Lancaster, said: “We’re very excited to be on the shortlist for Sainsbury’s Local Charity of the Year.
“It would be great if lots of people vote for us to win as it would mean we could support even more people with cancer and raise greater awareness.
“We’re grateful to Sainsbury’s colleagues in Morecambe for their support.”
To vote for CancerCare to be Sainsbury’s Local Charity of the Year please go to:www.sainsburyslocalcharity.co.uk