Charity Challenge 2016

Your votes have given a much-needed boost to worthy charities

The Candis Charity Challenge 2016 has now closed – and thanks to your votes, three charities have received a collective £3,500 boost to their funding.

We asked Candis readers to nominate a cause close to their hearts and the shortlisted three went head-to-head in a public vote.

The challenge, now in its third year, saw Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund receive 1,579 votes, Tiny Tickers 1,194 votes and RP Fighting Blindness 763 votes. Each single vote earned the charity a £1 donation from our fundraising pot.

Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund was nominated by Bernadette Lunn, 58, from Salisbury Wiltshire, who lost her husband Nigel at the age of 57 last year and wants to see sufferers have hope in the future.

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RP Fighting Blindness was put forward by Sharon Baxter, 58, from Dartford, Kent, who hopes a cure for the progressive eye disease retinitis pigmentosa (RP) is found before her two sons’ sight deteriorates.

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Tiny Tickers was nominated by Aimee Foster, 35, from New Milton, Hampshire, who lost her baby girl Grace at just one day old from a heart defect.

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Candis deputy editor Claudia Tanner says, “I know how much these charities mean to Bernadette, Sharon and Aimee – each of them have their own deeply personal reasons for wanting to raise funds and we’re glad to be able to help.

“As many of our readers contacted us with suggestions of smaller charities to assist, this year we evolved The Candis Charity Challenge so it could directly help national or local health causes.

“Our readers like to know that their subscription money helps to make a huge difference to many health charities and projects.”

Candis Club has donated over £55 million to good causes since 1962.

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