What charity gets your vote?

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THREE charities have been entered into the latest Community Matters contest for cash.

Each month, every branch of the supermarket chain Waitrose is given £1,000 to distribute between three good causes based nearby.

Each shopper is then given a green token to drop into the box of the cause they most want to back. The cash is then distributed proportionately, based on number of votes.

The February winner in its Berkhamsted branch was the National Trust’s Ashridge Estate, which won £538.

It was closely followed by the Dacorum Heritage Trust (£230) and the St Mary’s Church Restoration Appeal Fund, Studham (£232).

Kirsty Fairhead, visitor services officer for the Ashridge Estate, said: “We are really, really pleased and can’t believe how good everyone has been to us. It just shows the impact that we are having on people who live right next-door and appreciate that we are here for them.”

March’s charity nominations for Berkhamsted are the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), the Royal Air Forces Association Wings Appeal and the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA).

Wally Finch, chairman the RNLI’s Berkhamsted branch, said: “We are the only charity that operates without any government money and are held together and funded completely by the public.”

Graham McMellin, Herts chairman of the SSAFA, said it helps veterans and their families with tasks from filling in forms to paying for stair-lifts.

Both groups are run by volunteers.