Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Charities Feel the Benefit of Votes; Postcode Trust Names Winners

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Charities Feel the Benefit of Votes; Postcode Trust Names Winners

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Byline: Michael Brown ? 0191 201 6342 ? m.brown@ncjmedia.co.uk

FOUR million people heard about it and thousands took part, but in the end there could be just three winners of the Vote that Counts.

After weeks of campaigning, the six charities - Action for Children North East, Crisis, Daft as a Brush, Gingerbread, Guide Dogs and the Percy Hedley Foundation - were on tenterhooks to find out who had won a share of PS30,000 from the People's Postcode Trust.

Kate Pearson, trusts manager at the People's Postcode Trust, said the competition had been "a bit of a whirlwind" but she was really pleased by the way it raised the profile of the good causes, even if they hadn't ultimately won the PS15,000 first, PS10,000 second or PS5,000 third prizes.

"It seems to have gone so fast," she said, "but we're really glad it has gone so well.

"The campaign has been seen by more than four million people on Twitter and it's not just about the money, we hope the charities have developed new skills by taking part."

First prize and a cheque for PS15,000 went to Guide Dogs, who will use the money to train up three of the next generation of seeing-eye dogs to help blind and partially sighted people in the North East.

The PS10,000 second prize went to the Percy Hedley Foundation, who have not yet decided whether to put the money towards a new "sensory room" or a minibus, with PS5,000 and third place going to cancer support charity Daft as a Brush.

Guide Dog trainer Marian Boyden, whose four-month-old German Shepherd-Golden Retriever cross Suzie charmed everyone at the prize giving ceremony, almost wept tears of joy when the results were announced.

"It's marvellous," she said. "It will pay for three pups to come up to the North East and it will change so many lives."

The puppies, which have not yet been born, are to be called Postie, Codie and Lottie in honour of players of People's Postcode Lottery who entirely support the grant-giving People's Postcode Trust which has backed the Vote that Counts. …

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