Your favourite local paper is giving local charities the chance to take a share of an amazing £128k cash giveaway.

Our parent company’s charitable arm, The Gannett Foundation, is providing £128k in cash to support local charities across the country and we are delighted to have a £16k share to give away in our area.

We asked YOU to decide where this money should be spent. You nominated in your thousands and our editorial team chose a shortlist of ten charities from these nominations that will share in the £16k.

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The North East and Cumbria charities we have chosen are;

Heel & Toe Children’s Charity

The Northern Echo: Heel & Toe charity, Chester-le-StreetHeel & Toe charity, Chester-le-Street (Image: Heel & Toe)

Heel & Toe, based in Chester-le-Street, provides a range of therapies for children affected by disabilities/complex needs.

Quinn’s Retreat

Providing caravan holidays for those affected by suicide. Based just outside Barnard Castle, Quinn’s Retreat gives families the chance to have time away from their usual surroundings and to have some quality family time during such a difficult period.

Staying Put

Staying Put is a domestic abuse and sexual violence charity working across the Bradford area. It supports women, men and children who are survivors of domestic abuse and sexual violence.

The Angel Trust

The Northern Echo: The Angel Trust's foodbankThe Angel Trust's foodbank (Image: The Northern Echo)

Based in Bishop Auckland, The Angel Trust gives a helping hand to those living in County Durham and Darlington. The charity has a community pantry and foodbank, and social events intended to lift the public’s spirit in times of hardship, the charity has hit the news recently with the positive it has had on the North East.

York Against Cancer

The Northern Echo: York Against CancerYork Against Cancer (Image: The Northern Echo)

The charity provides practical help and support for patients and their families living with cancer in York, North and East Yorkshire. It also funds research and education to prevent and cure cancer in the future.

Restore (York) Limited

Restore is a Christian housing charity based in York. It provides accommodation and support for people from York who would otherwise be homeless. The charity works with people from all backgrounds, without discrimination or favour.

Cumbria Cerebral Palsy

Cumbria Cerebral Palsy is a charity dedicated to improving the lives of Cumbrian adults and children with Cerebral Palsy and associated disabilities. It provides great support, care and opportunities for people in Cumbria.

Cumbria Deaf Association

The charity has been supporting deaf people throughout Cumbria for over 125 years. Through one-on-one support for community needs, such as attending hospital appointments, home support and sensory loss communicator guides.

Queensbury Support Centre

Based in the Queensbury area of Bradford, Queensbury Support Centre offers support to those living with dementia and provide social activities including coffee mornings.

Now we are putting the power to allocate the cash back into the hands of our readers, you are now 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 per cent of all tokens collected, it will receive 50 per cent of the £16,000!

Unfortunately, the 10th charity on our shortlist pulled out.

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