THIS week the Lancashire Telegraph is launching an exciting Christmas competition in conjunction with The Mall Blackburn, in which a lucky winner could bag a shopping spree. 

The competition is giving one Lancashire community group or sports club the chance to win £500 to spend in The Mall, just in time for Christmas.

And entry couldn’t be simpler. People must choose a group they think is worthy of the prize and say why they think they should win in no more than 100 words.

Nominations can be made on behalf of any type of group, from scout or guide groups, to one of the many grassroots sports clubs across the region.

Or maybe a community centre deserves a nomination, or perhaps a knitting group that helps combat loneliness, or a mum and baby group - there really is no limit.

Loraine Jones, general manager at The Mall Blackburn, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with the Lancashire Telegraph to offer a £500 shopping spree to one of the county’s community groups.

“These organisations and unsung heroes work hard all year round and their contribution to the area deserves recognition. We’re sure there are lots of deserving causes and we are looking forward to seeing the nominations.”

To enter, either comment on The Mall or the Lancashire Telegraph’s social media posts, or email

The competition will end on Wednesday December 11, with judging then taking place. Winners will be contacted via social media or e mail and the group can then go and spend the money in The Mall before December 21.

The £500 prize can be spent on whatever the group chooses, from Christmas presents for a children’s party, some supplies to decorate or improve their centre; or equipment for activities.

A photographer from the Lancashire Telegraph will then arrange a shoot with the group, where they will have the chance to share their story.

If you think your club or community group deserves to win, get in touch.

The Mall Blackburn and usual Newsquest terms and conditions apply.