MK Dons are throwing their support behind a Milton Keynes-based charity which is hoping to paint a brighter future after reaching the final of a national competition.
And now the charity is hoping to come out on top in a public vote to win the competition, which has been run in conjunction with the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.
Community projects around the UK were invited to submit applications for the competition, with the winner receiving a redecoration of their facility.
More than 50 entries from projects around the UK were received, with a judging panel selecting four for the shortlist based on criteria such as the impact the project has on the community and the urgency for redecoration.
MK SNAP caters for more than 100 learners and offers professional support to people with a range of learning difficulties and challenges.
To vote for MK SNAP, please click here before Friday 13th February. Anyone who votes will be entered into a prize draw from which the winner will receive a pair of tickets to the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final at Wembley on Sunday 22nd March.
MK Dons goalkeeper David Martin, who visited the centre to back MK SNAP’s bid for success, said: “I had a fantastic afternoon at MK SNAP and there is no doubt it would be an extremely worthwhile winner of the redecoration prize provided by Johnstone’s Paint.
“I would urge all MK Dons supporters and everyone living in Milton Keynes to throw their support behind MK SNAP.”
Maureen McColl, chief executive of MK SNAP, believes winning a complete redecoration of their facility would provide a huge boost to the charity.
“We have a purpose built centre which was opened in 2008 but it hasn’t been painted since,” said Maureen.
“The more colourful areas of the centre create a really special atmosphere amongst the learners and we are hoping to replicate that across the whole centre if we win this fantastic prize.
“Our learners are all very special people and it would make a real difference to their lives.
“We would like to thank Johnstone’s Paint for providing us with this opportunity through a fantastic initiative and would urge everyone to vote for us.”
The other shortlisted finalists are based in Dagenham, Portsmouth and Preston.
Ben Wilde, brand and sponsorship manager for Johnstone’s Paint, said: “We are absolutely delighted with the interest in our Community Spirit campaign and the four shortlisted finalists, which includes MK SNAP.
“We have four very worthy finalists and it’s now a question of which one can gain most public support.
“One of the key factors behind the campaign is the determination of Johnstone’s Paint to work closely with communities and supporting residents in these areas.
“Whichever project is successful, we are convinced the redecoration makeover will make a real difference.”
Johnstone’s has a long history as one of the UK’s foremost professional trade paint brands and is celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2015.