March 7, 2017

Press Release

Cheshire Community Foundation has awarded its 600th grant – just five years after the organisation was set up.

During that time, almost £2.4million has been allocated to good causes in Cheshire and Warrington.

The awarding of the 600th grant, to Warrington-based Jump Children’s Charity, coincides with the launch of a new brand identity and website – www.cheshirecommunityfoundation.org.uk – for CCF.

CCF, which has its office in Northwich, connects the people who want to give back with the most effective grass-roots charities and not-for-profit organisations.

CCF’s work directly helps those most in need, while enabling donors to feel proud that they have made a real difference.

The launch of the new branding and website follows research commissioned by CCF to understand the areas of real need in Cheshire and Warrington.

As a result of the research, the organisation will be focusing strongly on charities which work to:

  • Improve mental health and wellbeing
  • Tackle poverty and disadvantage
  • Develop education, skills and employment
  • Build stronger communities across Cheshire.

Zoe Sheppard, Chief Executive of Cheshire Community Foundation, said: “We have achieved a huge amount in our first five years and we have learnt a lot during this time about the charitable landscape in Cheshire and Warrington.

“There is a perception that Cheshire is a very affluent part of the country. While this is true of certain places, there is also poverty, deprivation, isolation and loneliness.

“We are proud of the work we do in bringing together those that have the ability to give with those who are most in need.

“While we will continue to consider applications from all charitable organisations in Cheshire and Warrington, we will be putting a particular focus on the four key areas identified in the research.

“During the coming weeks we will be announcing some further, exciting initiatives in our priority areas.”

Jump Children’s Charity became the 600th grant recipient when it was allocated £12,350.

The charity supports young people across the North West who suffer from life-limiting health conditions, providing professional media services, both visual and audio, to capture treasured memories with families.

The grant will enable the charity, founded in 2004, to extend its work within hospices and hospitals to reach more children and their loved ones.

CCF’s new brand and website was created by Knutsford-based creative agency Ultimate.

NOTES TO EDITORS

For more information or an interview with Zoe Sheppard, please contact Nick Mason or Sarah Lowe at Mason Media on 0151 239 5050 or email: nick@masonmedia.co.uk or sarah@masonmedia.co.uk

www.cheshirecommunityfoundation.org.uk