The High Sheriff, Sarah Callander Beckett of Cheshire has recently set-up a charitable fund to be managed by Cheshire Foundation. The fund will support a small number of charities that provide services to people living in rural areas.

 

“Members of our community living in rural Cheshire can often find themselves disadvantaged due to the lack of services available locally. Poor Internet connectivity, limited public transport, reduced access to sports and recreation and smaller numbers of support groups can lead to people across generations living in isolation, with limited options to improve their quality of life.” says High Sheriff, Sarah Callander Beckett.

 

Fundraising was initiated at a Vintage and Classic Car Owners Rally organised and hosted by Sarah Callander Beckett at her home, the beautiful Combermere Abbey. The rally was a fantastic celebration of classic cars and welcomed hundreds of proud car owners, accompanied by a stunning array of beautiful vehicles spanning many decades. Further funds will be raised at The High Sheriff Awards for Enterprise in partnership with the University of Chester; a celebration of outstanding business achievement across private sector organisations of all shapes and sizes.

 

Sarah has chosen two special charities, both operating in rural areas, to benefit from the fund.

 

Overwater Wheelybus

The charity are in their last phase of fundraising, to secure the final amount of money that will enable the team to purchase a bus which provides wheelchair transport to those in need, so they are able to enjoy a trip to Audlem. The Overwater Wheelybus will provide transport from care homes, private homes, schools which cater for children with special needs and anyone else with accessible transport needs, with the aim of improving the social experience and the quality of life for local people with mobility issues. The bus will also work with Audlem Medical Practice to meet the needs of people who require accessible transport to attend medical appointments. The bus will give those with limited accessible transportation options the ability to go shopping or meet up with friends and take advantage of the Wheelyboat and The Audlem Lass services (small passenger boats which run from Overwater to Audlem which have been modified so they are accessible to people who would not usually have the opportunity to experience a trip on the water).

 

Friends for Leisure

Based in Congleton Friends for Leisure address the social isolation and loneliness often experienced by disabled children and young people by providing inclusive leisure activities from which they are often excluded. They provide their own regular group activities, where their volunteers are essential, and link individual young people to volunteers so that they can take part in community activities whilst also building strong relationships with each other and with the volunteers. Friends for Leisure also bring together disabled young people with non-disabled peers to give them the opportunity to make friends, develop their social skills and self-confidence, and have fun in a safe, supportive environment. The team will use any funds raised to expand their existing services and cater for those on their waiting list. http://www.friendsforleisure.org.uk/

 

We are also delighted to announce that Sarah Callander Beckett has also recently been appointed a Trustee of Cheshire Community Foundation. We are very much looking forward to working with Sarah to build on the early successes of Cheshire Community Foundation and change many more lives for the better.

 

For more information on The High Sheriff Awards for Enterprise, please visit: https://www.chester.ac.uk/hs/about