You can help choose who gets charity funding cash
A HUGE community fundraising scheme will launch later this month, it was announced at a star-studded charity event.
Folk sensation Seth Lakeman surprised volunteers and trustees as he performed at the Plymouth Drake Foundation's annual meeting.
Two brand new schemes were launched at the event on the Hoe, both with one purpose – to support the people of Plymouth.
Readers of The Herald will get to vote on which local community groups pocket a £10,000 kitty as part of the Pounds for People campaign.
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Plymouth Drake Foundation chief executive Jeff Maddison said: "To us this is a great new way to give money to local groups and organisations.
"We are very much excited by this and we believe it's going to be a terrific success.
"Herald readers are going to be involved to nominate their favourite charity, then The Herald picks out the top 20 that will be open to a public vote.
"The more votes a group gets, the bigger share of the pot they will receive."
A new £10,000 youth hardship fund was also announced by the foundation at its annual members' meeting.
Long-time Drake Foundation backer Father Sam Philpott MBE spoke about the fund, which is being set up in conjunction with city youth organisation The Zone, at Thursday evening's event.
Local folk star Seth Lakeman stunned guests, who included 18 community groups who had set up their own stands, by performing a set onstage inside the waterfront marquee.
"Seth was marvellous," Mr Maddison added. "He went down a storm and it was fantastic to see a local artist who's had such great success back in the city."
Speaking at the event, The Herald's editor, Ian Wood, said: "The Herald is delighted to continue – and deepen – our strong relationship with the Drake Foundation. We both share the same interests – Plymouth and its people.
"Later this month we will be launching our Pounds for People campaign in which I get to give away your money – £10,000 of your money to be exact. We are asking Herald readers to nominate their favourite local community group.
"We will choose the top 20 and then open these up to a public vote during November.
"The more votes they get, the bigger share of the pot they get and the results will be revealed just in time to spread a little Christmas joy."
The campaign will be launched on September 22.
Look out for full details in The Herald. For more information about the Plymouth Drake Foundation and its work, or to donate, please visit www.drakefoundation.co.uk.