Your favourite local paper is giving local charities the chance to take a share of a whopping £125k cash giveaway.

Our parent company’s charitable arm, The Gannett Foundation, is providing £125k in cash to support local charities across the country and we are delighted to have a £20k share to give away in our area. 

And we asked YOU to decide where this money should be spent. You nominated in your hundreds and our editorial team chose a shortlist of eight charities from these nominations that will share in the £20k.

Carli Lansley Foundation

HARP Southend’s Homeless Charity

National Animal Welfare Trust

Colchester Phoenix Amateur Swimming Club

Colchester Korban Project

Headway Essex

Sussex MS Centre

Rocking Horse

Now we are putting the power to allocate the cash back into the hands of our readers – during November, you are invited to collect tokens from our newspapers which can then be sent to collection points across our region or posted.  Each token collected will then be used to allocate cash to the nominated charity – so if your favourite charity collects 50% of all to tokens collected, it will receive 50% of the £20,000!

Collection points can be located at;

Daily Gazette vote box locations:

  1. Tesco Highwoods
  2. Tesco Hythe
  3. M&S Colchester
  4. WH Smith's Colchester
  5. Colchester Leisure World


Echo vote box locations:

  1. Tesco, Strawberry Fields, Southend
  2. Sainsburys, Southend


The Argus vote box locations:

  1. Sussex MS Centre, Southwick Rec Ground
  2. Macfarlanes, 21 Southwick Square
  3. Sainsburys, 27 New England Street
  4. Shop On the Level, 71 Ditchling Road


The Watford Observer box loctaions:

1. Tesco, Rickmansworth

2. Morrisons, Watford

3. National Animal Welfare Trust HQ, Watford


Newsquest terms and conditions will apply where relevant to the grants process; please visit Personal data will be used by Newsquest and its agents solely for the administration of the grants process and will not be shared with any third party; our general privacy notice is at:  This campaign will be published in multiple Newsquest publications across this Newsquest region.  The 8 charities chosen by the local editorial panel will be voted for by our readers. The value of the grant awarded to each of the 8 charities will be calculated pro rata according to their share of the vote. Only original voting coupons will be accepted, no photocopies.  The cash grants will be sent by BACS transfer. Grants are conditional on completion of the relevant project and a successful nominee charity may be required to evidence its use of the grant. The top 8 charities selected for the vote will be contacted to provide additional information for entry into the readers’ vote; should this information not be provided within the timescale provided then the editorial panel will select an alternative charity. The charity must be registered with the Charities Commission and have not received a grant from the Gannett Foundation in the last two years.