How they were selected
In January we opened up the nominations on our Facebook page. We asked the people to put forward local charities who they would like to see as the chosen Carnival Charity.
In April, just before the programme goes to print, we count the votes and the four charities with the most votes go forward to the next stage.
We then open the voting on our Facebook page again and ask people to vote. As well as online voting we collect votes over the Carnival weekend.
The voting closes at 7pm on the Sunday of Carnival and we then combine the votes online with those that have been collected on over the weekend.