Community groups in Hyndburn have been striking a pose in a bid to win a whopping £1,000 cash prize.

The Accrington Observer has teamed up with Vodafone to reward the community group, club, or charity most deserving of a cash boost.

The Community Connection Award is being offered to celebrate the opening of Vodafone’s new store in Accrington Arndale Centre.

For a chance to win we are asking community groups, clubs and charities from across Hyndburn to explain why they deserve the cash and to pose for a team selfie that best reflects the efforts of the team.

Accrington Observer readers will then vote for the group they believe is most deserving.

We’ve already had several entries from local groups hoping to be in with a chance of winning the prize.

The 1st Oswaldtwistle (St Paul’s) Beavers and Cubs need the money to fund lost and damaged craft and play equipment and to support the Accrington Royal British Legion and the North West Air Ambulance, in memory of Oswaldtwistle 12-year-old Logan Wood, who died earlier this month in a quarry motorbike accident.

Corina Jones, from the Beavers and Cubs group, said: “We would love to boost our fundraising efforts and would be honoured to donate £300 to Accrington Royal British Legion and £300 to the Air Ambulance, with the remaining funds being used to replace scouting equipment.

“We feel these charities would benefit from the hard work and dedication they put in throughout the year and assist our existing fundraising efforts.”

Members of Oswaldtwistle Civic Arts Centre and Oswaldtwistle Carnival also hope to scoop the cash prize.

Gayle Knight, a member of both groups, said the Civic Arts Centre is used by more than 900 people a week to take part in drama, dance, art, music and singing sessions.

She said: “The centre is independently run and has to find all its funding for itself.”

The Oswaldtwistle Carnival committee hope the prize could go towards the carnival in 2016.

Gayle said: “We managed to raise £5,000 in four months to be able to put the first one on but even that was doing it on a shoestring. We are now fundraising to do it again.”

Groups are being asked to post a short message and a photograph to our Twitter or Facebook accounts explaining why their group, club or charity is deserving of £1,000, by Friday, October 31. Charities must include a reference number. The winners must be willing to pose for a picture at the new Vodafone store. All entries must include contact details which can be emailed to, if preferred. See for Trinity Mirror terms and conditions.