On Thursday 19th April Cheshire Community Foundation (CCF) held an awards event and lunch to celebrate the outstanding contribution of incredible local charities, CCF volunteers and corporate partners.

Over an enjoyable lunch, prepared by young people striving to develop a career in catering, we heard first hand some of the amazing stories of lives that have been changed by our wide ranging community of donors. This year we also recognised the local heroes who, by working with us, have personally made an outstanding difference to their community.

CCF would like to say another huge congratulations to the award winners:

Just Drop-In: JDI won the impact award for what they have achieved through the support they have been given, demonstrated via outstanding monitoring reports.

Fallen Angels Dance Theatre North West: Fallen Angels won the innovation award for their services promoting creativity and self-expression that break down barriers by harnessing the transformative power of dance theatre.

The Bren Project: Bren Project won the inclusion award for their work in the most recent project where they worked with over 60 people with learning disabilities and autism, and 100% of them have both reported and demonstrated an improvement in both practical work skills and soft skills, such as workplace confidence.

The corporate award winners are as follows:

European Metal Recycling (EMR): EMR won the corporate partners award for very kindly providing Cheshire Community Foundation with essential IT equipment needed to complete our work and have been providing excellent IT support for any problems we encounter on a daily basis.

Chess ICT: Chess won the corporate fundraisers award for recently setting up a fund with CCF where some of Chess staff skydived to raise money! The fund has already made a big difference in our community supporting 2 projects – one from the Personal Support Unit supporting those facing court proceedings and one from Pure Insight 1628 supporting care leavers in Macclesfield.

Cheshire Ladies Philanthropy Club: Cheshire Ladies won the community fundraisers award for the work they have done throughout Cheshire and Warrington raising money to support 19 projects since inception supporting women and children.

Volunteer awards:

We also had an award for volunteers that went to Alistair Stoddart and John Gartside for all they have done for Cheshire Community Foundation over the years being the 2 people that have attended the most grant panels.

Middlewich High School Young Panel: The Middlewich High School panel members won the young volunteers award for being a part of our newly setup Young Minds Matter panel where they gave their views on the projects and they turned out to be a massive part of the decisions that were made on the day. All the young people on the panel had relevant experiences dealing with mental health whether it be through a peer or if they have dealt with issues themselves the insight they brought to the table was very much appreciated with frequent occasions where other grant panel members wanted to hear what the young people’s thoughts were on tough decisions.