Newsquest Cumbria has today announced the finalists for the Pride of Cumbria awards. 

The Community Group category is about a charity or local interest team that has done important work in their local area. 

The groups are nominated and then assessed by the contributions that they have made before being put through to the finals. 

The three finalists for this year are: Hindpool Community Group, 123rd Carlisle Scouts and Happy Mums. 

Alison Tooby, from Hindpool Community Group, said: "It is great to receive recognition. We started out as a litter picking group and then became a real community team after the pandemic. 

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"Then we built a garden for the school, and then we asked people to donate pre-loved clothes for World Book Day. Now we are planning to do something for the Jubilee."

Elizabeth Coulthard, leader of 123rd Scouts said: "We were shocked when we got nominated but we are also honoured that we can represent this group at an awards show.

"We ran activities throughout the pandemic over Zoom. Since the pandemic we have provided a space for kids to reconnect and be sociable with each other." 

Happy Mums is a foundation that provides mental health support for mothers and mothers to-be across North, West and East Cumbria.

Sarah Penn said: "All the volunteers and group members make Happy Mums a warm, kind and hopeful place, we have such amazing people who help us do what we do."

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The winner will be revealed at a ceremony on June 23.