Vote now for good cause to receive Community Chest windfall

Community Chest nominations launch in Bedford.
Community Chest nominations launch in Bedford.

The nominations for the Bedford Times and Citizen and Taylor Wimpey Community Chest award are in – and now it’s up to you to decide who gets the cash.

Steve Rolt, sales and marketing director for Taylor Wimpey South Midlands, said: “We are delighted to see so many worthy causes nominated by readers of the Bedford Times and Citizen for the Community Chest.

“Each and every organisation on the list does great work within the local community and it’s now down to the readers to decide which will receive the £500 cash award.”

Here are all of the good causes you have told us about – all you have to do is decide which one you would like the full £500 to go to.

You can email your vote for the charity or group which you think deserves the money most.

The deadline for votes is Friday, May 30.

1) FLAG Bedford

This social group provides a weekly get-together for adults with a disability, with the aim of boosting confidence and promoting independence, while meeting with old and new friends.

2) Bedford Ouse Valley Stroke Club

This support group is for those who have been affected by a stroke. It provides a wide-ranging programme of events, including social events, trips to the theatre and talks on various topics.

3) CHUMS – Child Bereavement Service, Trauma and Emotional Wellbeing Service

This service offers support to children and their families at times of bereavement and trauma, through individual support, workshops, residential weekends, family days and more.

4) Friends for Life

This charitable company aims to co-ordinate and develop the church’s ministry care homes, and provide friendship and spiritual companionship to residents.

5) Headway Bedford

Headway Bedford provides a supportive and stimulating environment for people who have sustained a brain injury, focusing on the needs of the individual and promoting rehabilitation and enablement.

6) Houghton Conquest Village Hall

This village hall is a well-used facility. It provides a meeting place for many local groups and is a hub for people to socialise and take part in cultural activities.

7) The Hills Academy

The Hills Academy is a popular local school which would use the fund to purchase a bike shed and encourage more students to cycle to school, promoting a healthy lifestyle and helping the environment.

8) Beds Garden Carers

This charity is dedicated to providing work experience and education for adults with learning difficulties and challenging behaviour, supporting them to grow, learn and develop.

9) Flitton Church Hall

This hall is run by volunteers as a community facility. It is also central to the organisation of the annual Flitton Flit Fun Runs and the Potato Race.

10) The Need Project

This project provides food parcels, clothing, equipment and furniture to those in need, helping the community in a practical way, with faith as the motivation.

11) St Michael’s Church Tuesday Club

This after-school club for children aged from six to 10 years provides activities, games and crafts, as well as snacks and a Bible-based story.

12) Bedford & District Handicapped Riders Association

This association was set up to enrich the lives of adults and children with disabilities in Bedford through safe, therapeutic interaction with horses, and to enable them to naturally receive

physiotherapy by riding.

13) The Beds and Northants MS Therapy Centre

This centre is open daily and provides a wide range of treatments to patients with Multiple Sclerosis, including hydrotherapy, counselling and physiotherapy.

14) The St John’s Hospice

This hospice in Moggerhanger offers specialist palliative and end of life care. Services include a day treatment centre, complementary therapies and family and chaplaincy support.

15) The Bedford and District Cerebral Palsy Society

This charity offers a variety of services for disabled young people and their families, providing unique and creative opportunities and activities for young people with cerebral palsy.

16) Bedford Shopmobility

This scheme provides mobility aids to help people shop and use the facilities in Bedford, increasing the independence and quality of life of those who have limited mobility.

17) The ReUse Centre

This charity supports people in need by supplying low-price reusable goods and materials,including furniture, electrical goods, toys and games, and promoting the reuse and recycling of goods.

18) The Road Victims Trust

This charity supports those affected by death or life changing injuries resulting from road collisions by providing emotional and practical support.

19) Tibbs Dementia Foundation

This foundation aims to provide a range of services and activities for those with dementia and their carers, and uses music to help them access emotions and provide companionship and stimulation.

20) Girlguiding Flitwick

Young women and girls all over Bedfordshire benefit from the opportunity to experience Guiding. The Flitwick branch would use the fund to go towards the cost of a new kitchen.

21) Bedford and District Audio News

This charity record and distribute free weekly audio cassettes and USB sticks of local press stories for those who have a visual impairment or cannot hold a newspaper.

22) Impact MH (Mental Health)

This organisation seeks to actively involve service users, to represent their views, and to provide information to support positive change in the provision of mental health services.

23) The Bedford Guildhouse

As well as being a popular meeting place, the Guildhouse has a wide range of activities on offer every day and is open to anyone aged over 50 years who would like to make more friends.

24) Bedford Foodbank

The foodbank helps those in crisis by supplying food to those referred to them by a professional. It is staffed entirely by volunteers and relies on food donations from local people.

25) 1st Bedford Scouts

Known locally as the ‘Onesters’, this troop were the very first in Bedfordshire. They run many groups and activities for local children and young people aged from six to 18 years, giving opportunities for learning and development.

How to cast your vote

• To vote via email: Send an email to, with Community Chest Vote in the subject line. Include details of your chosen good cause, plus your full name and address.

To vote by post: Send us your vote, full name and address on a postcard or sealed envelope to: Bedford Community Chest, Webb Associates, 22 The Point, Market Harborough, Leicestershire, LE16 7QU.

Only one vote per person will be counted.