CHARITIES are encouraged to apply for a chance of becoming Halton Housing Trust’s charity of the year.

The successful charity will receive regular practical business and financial support for 12 months.

Charities need to demonstrate how their work benefits the Halton community and specifically the trust’s 14,000 customers.

A shortlist will be drawn up from those expressing an interest and the trust’s employees will vote for their preferred charity.

Interested charities should contact Vikki Mack on 0151 510 5106 or e-mail and provide a short submission including why they should be selected.

The deadline for submissions is February 28.