Local Press Coverage:

Chester Chronicle: http://www.chesterchronicle.co.uk/news/chester-cheshire-news/neston-community-fund-backs-vital-12343525 

 

The Neston and District Community Fund is backing a vital project to improve the lives of families in need.

The Neston Healthy Families project is an initiative by Healthbox CIC, a not-for-profit organisation committed to delivering lifestyle change programmes in the community.

The Neston and District Community fund supports community and voluntary groups in Neston and the surrounding areas. It was founded in January 2015 by Phillip Bates & Co Chartered Accountants, Clive Watkin Partnership, Rightway and G Tilby Engineering.

The fund is administered by Cheshire Community Foundation (CCF), which connects charitable donors, including business owners and private individuals, with the causes that matter in Cheshire and Warrington.

Phil Bates, Principal at Phillip Bates & Co Chartered Accountants, said: “As soon as we heard about the Neston Healthy Families project, we had no hesitation in agreeing to fund the initiative.

“It is a fantastic example of why we decided to launch the Neston and District Community Fund.”

Speaking on behalf of Healthbox CIC, Georgie Charnley, Early Years & Research Manager said: “The Neston Healthy Families project is something we are very passionate about delivering to the Neston community and we are so grateful to the Neston and District Community Fund for all of their support.”

The organisation is working closely with the Children’s Centre to deliver the programme. Georgie continued: “As part of the project we felt it was really important to include early years’ activities for parents and carers of under 5s.

“Healthbox CIC delivers a popular Babies and Toddlers nutrition package for Ellesmere Port families through Portside and Parklands Children’s Centres and we are keen to offer Neston families similar activities to encourage a love of healthy eating from an early age.

“Working closely with the Children’s Centre is a great way to reach families and the support of the Children’s centre staff is invaluable.”

Applicants can apply for funding from the Neston & District Community Fund but, if additional funding is needed, other CCF-managed funds may also be able to assist.

Zoe Sheppard, CEO of Cheshire Community Foundation, said: “This is a fantastic example of a charitable fund making a very real difference in their immediate local area.

“The Neston Healthy Families project is an extremely important programme which will significantly improve the lives of the families most in need in the local area.”