Three groups supporting young people in Cumbria and Lancashire are urgently seeking support to help them win a share of a £1million prize pot – with only days to go until voting closes.

Of the groups is Cumbria's Children's Hospice, which joins Preston's Acorns Primary School and the Blackburn Academy of Martial Arts, who are all representing Persimmon Homes Lancashire in the housebuilder’s Building Futures competition - and are in with a chance of walking away with up to £100,000 each.

Jigsaw, Cumbria’s Children’s Hospice, cares for children and young people with life-limiting and progressive illnesses, providing fun, friendship, and expert medical support.

The charity’s vision is to create a beautiful new space, which makes arriving at Jigsaw easier, brighter, warmer and more welcoming.

They have been shortlisted along with 93 other groups across the country in categories targeting grassroots sports, health organisations and arts and education projects.

One initiative from each category will go on to win £100,000, decided on the highest number of public votes.

As well as the £100,000 first prize, there will be a £50,000 second prize and a £20,000 third prize in each category, while a further 87 shortlisted projects will each receive £5,000.

Building Futures is delivered through the Persimmon Charitable Foundation in partnership with Team GB, the British Olympic Association.

John Roocroft, managing director of Persimmon Homes Lancashire, said: “Building Futures aims to create lasting legacies in communities across the UK and we believe that each of our three finalists would be able to make a huge difference with the £100,000 top prize.

“Your support could change the lives of hundreds of local people so we would urge you to get behind your chosen charity because there’s not long left to vote.”

People can cast their vote at and voting closes at midnight on November 19.