Talented Charity supporters challenged to win cash for their cause

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The Lancashire Evening Post is once again joining forces with the Furness Building Society to bring you Charity Challenge 2012!

The competition invites talented performers across the North West to step into the spotlight and win a share of more than £3,000 in cash prizes for their good cause.

The competition is organised by the Furness Building Society as part of its support for local charities and invites charity supporters to show off their talent in a 60 second video clip to be featured on the website www.furnessbs.co.uk/charitychallenge.

The best of the clips will appear online and be viewed by judges who will select 12 finalists to perform on stage at the live final which will be held at the Lancaster Grand Theatre on January 19 2013.

In last year’s contest Lancashire Evening Post entrants scooped the top three prizes with seventeen year old Kingsley Judd of Preston winning the competition and splitting his £1000 prizes between two charities; Headway North West, the brain injuries charity, and Twinkle House which provides sensory-based practical support to children and young people in Lancashire.

Kingsley has had an extremely busy year following his success – he played the lead role of Jesus to great acclaim in a production of Jesus Christ Superstar at Preston’s Charter Theatre in May, and in June he entertained thousands of visitors at the Lancashire Festival in Bilsborrow. During the recent Preston Guild he starred in Metropolis at the Guild Hall and as a member of Preston Musical Comedy Society and he also opened a Charity Rock Festival for Twinkle House Charity, for whom he is an ambassador. He is due to star in Ruddigore at the Lowther Pavilion in November.

Second and third prizes went to Emily Adams, aged 16, from Cleveleys, who won £750 for Trinity Hospice, and the Revelation gymnastics and dance group, a team of 14 girls from Lancaster which won £500 for Daisy UK supporting Disability Awareness in Sport.

In addition to the top cash prize of £1000, and runner-up prizes of £750 and £500, every other finalist will receive £100 cash for their chosen charity to ensure none of the charities represented go away empty-handed.

The talent can be anything from singing, dancing or playing an instrument to magic, comedy or juggling - but it must be entertaining!

You can record your video audition on a mobile phone. Video clips should be no more than 60 seconds long and can also be submitted in an MP4 format. Alternatively the video clip can be handed in on a disc at a Furness Building Society branch or agency and they will arrange to have it uploaded for you.

Entry is really easy, simply send in your video clip via the entry section on www.furnessbs.co.uk/charitychallenge where you can both upload your video entry and complete the application form. Closing date for entries is Saturday, November 24 2012.

Furness Building Society prides itself on supporting local organisations through ‘You Save – We Give’ charity and affinity accounts which offer savers a good rate of interest and easy access to their savings. Importantly their savings generate an annual cash payment from the Society’s own funds - not from the savers’ money - based on the total balance in a charity’s affinity accounts. In 2011 the Furness paid out more than £360,000 to charity and affinity account

Further details of the Furness Building Society Charity Challenge can be found at www.furnessbs.co.uk/charitychallenge together with the rules of the competition and a full list of branches and agencies. There’s also more information on how affinity accounts can earn cash for charities.

To view some of the entries already received please click here