Community groups given chance to win revamp worth up to £10,000

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Community projects in Northampton are being urged to submit entries for their final chance to win a redecoration makeover worth up to £10,000.

Charities and community groups have until Friday December 11 to submit their entries to the Johnstone’s Trade Community Spirit competition. Entries can be made by completing the application form at www.johnstonestrade.com/communityspirit.

Any charity or community project in Northampton is welcome to apply.

Richard Mazurkiewicz, marketing manager for Johnstone’s Trade, said: “We are delighted to be offering this fantastic opportunity for charities and community groups in Northampton and, with the deadline looming, now is the time to get your entry in.

“There is no project too small - whether it be a rundown Scout hut, a school in need of a makeover or a community centre requiring a lick of paint.

“The only proviso is that the facility or group must provide a community benefit.

“Johnstone’s Trade has always maintained a strong commitment to working closely with local communities and this exciting campaign allows us to focus on that.”

Last year’s Johnstone’s Trade Community Spirit campaign saw Milton Keynes-based charity MK Snap, which offers support to more than 100 people in the city with learning difficulties, see off competition from scores of other charities and community groups to win the makeover.

MK Snap was one of four shortlisted projects along with entries from Portsmouth, Preston and Dagenham, but came out on top of a national public vote and saw its facility receive a colourful makeover.

This year’s competition follows the same process with the general public invited to vote for one of four shortlisted finalists to win the prize.

After being announced as last year’s winner, Maureen McColl, chief executive of MK Snap, said: “We were thrilled to win the Johnstone’s Trade Community Spirit competition and the difference the re-decoration has made to the centre is incredible.

“Our learners all have a very positive outlook on life and now they have a colourful and vibrant environment in which to come into every day.

“I would urge all charities and community projects to enter the competition because it can transform the environment in which they work.”

Johnstone’s Paint is in its tenth year of sponsorship of the Football League Trophy.