Name your local good cause for a chance to win £500!

Could your organisation or charity do with £500 to spend Maybe you are fund-raising for sporting equipment, an educational visit, or perhaps you need help with nursing sick hedgehogs
Independent superstore Dike & Son of Stalbridge this week launched a new element to its Making a Difference Locally (MADL) campaign, by asking people to come forward and nominate their favourite good cause.
The store is already supporting Future Roots, a farm-based learning project near Sherborne, for 2011, enabling primary schools to bring a whole class to the farm for a day to teach children all about rural skills, the environment and farming.
This new initiative will extend Dike’s support to four extra good causes each year, with quarterly payouts of £500 for those achieving the most votes.
Nominations need to be made in writing to store manager Adam Vincent, either by post or can be handed into the shop any time from today onwards (Friday 3rd June), including a brief description of what the charity/organisation/individual does and how the £500 would benefit them, as well as contact details including telephone number and address. The closing date for entries is Wednesday 29th June.
On Monday 4th July Dike’s will pick three local good causes from the nominations. These will be displayed in-store and put up on the Dike’s website, www.dikes-direct.co.uk, where the public can vote for their favourite online. On the 30th September the good cause with the most votes will win £500 – and three new candidates will be chosen.
The family-owned store recently won the Nisa 2011 Awards for Excellence – Making a Difference Locally in recognition of its vigorous fund-raising efforts for Dorset children’s hospice Julia’s House and the local branches of the Riding for the Disabled Association in Milton Abbas and Henstridge.
A total of £4,500 was raised by Dike’s Superstore for these charities in the first two years of running the Making a Difference Locally (MADL) initiative, in which customers choose specially marked products in-store to donate varying amounts to the fund.
Director Andy Dike said: “Our customers are very good at helping us to raise money – so much so that we are delighted to be able to support several local projects each year from now on. We want to hear about anything or anyone that you think is working for good cause in our community, however big or small – and please get your nominations into us as soon as possible.”


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Contact Adam Vincent, Dike & Son Store Manager on 01963 362204 for more information or visit www.dikes-direct.co.uk
For information on MADL visit www.makingadifferencelocally.com

Notes:
The MADL charity was formed in May 2008 by Nisa-Today’s, with the intention of assisting more than 2,000 independent retailers throughout the UK with raising money for their local communities. The charity works by allocating a specified amount of the cost of certain products promoted in-store to the retailer’s MADL charity fund.
Nisa-Today’s is the UK's leading member-owned organisation, providing benefits to independent retailers and wholesalers in food and drink markets.