Char­ity picked for awards cash boost

Macclesfield Express - - BUSINESS SME BUSINESS TIPS - KAREN BRIT­TON

ACHARITY for adults with learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties is cel­e­brat­ing af­ter be­ing picked as the ben­e­fi­ciary in this year’s North East Cheshire Busi­ness Awards.

The Rossendale Trust in Sut­ton, which pro­vides sup­port to 58 ten­ants with learn­ing and some phys­i­cal dis­abil­i­ties, is the cho­sen char­ity for this year’s awards which celebrate the best of busi­ness in Mac­cles­field and around.

The recog­ni­tion fol­lows on from the Trust win­ning the Com­mu­nity Im­pact Award at the 2014 busi­ness awards.

Sue Heaven, head of PR and fundrais­ing, said: “Be­ing char­ity of the year is a real hon­our for the Trust.

“Fundrais­ing makes it pos­si­ble for us to ex­pand the choices and op­portu- ni­ties for our ten­ants.”

The Trust hopes to use the funds raised for two ma­jor projects.

One is the ‘Work­Taste’ pro­ject which pro­vides ten­ants with place­ments in a va­ri­ety of busi­nesses and projects in and around Mac­cles­field. Also, the Trust’s day ac­tiv­ity cen­tre ‘Oak­wood’ is seek­ing funds to re­fur­bish and ree­quip the hor­ti­cul­ture ser­vice, which helps ten­ants and adults from the wider com­mu­nity to get to grips with gar­den­ing.

Money will be do­nated from a raf­fle, prize draw and any other do­na­tions made on the night.

Jayne Pick­stone, from Mac­cles­field Cham­ber of Com­merce which runs the awards, said: “There are so many de­serv­ing char­i­ties which would ben­e­fit from the funds and in­creased aware­ness from the pro­mo­tional ac­tiv­i­ties and PR sur­round­ing the awards.

“We are de­lighted that The Rossendale Trust has been se­lected based on cri­te­ria in­clud­ing the in­valu­able work they do help­ing in­di­vid­u­als re­alise their full po­ten­tial.

“In 2014 they were win­ners of the Com­mu­nity Im­pact Award, so it was only fit­ting they were cho­sen.

“One of their aims is to raise a greater aware­ness. This was another rea­son we de­cided to make them our char­ity.”

There are 10 cat­e­gories in the awards. The clos­ing date for en­tries is Septem­ber 30 and the awards cul­mi­nate in a gala din­ner at The Mere on Novem­ber 19. En­try is free and forms are avail­able via necb awards.co.uk.

Con­tact Mac­cles­field Cham­ber on 01625 665940 or email info@mac­cles­field­cham­ber.co.uk.

●● Ed­ward Graves from Rossendale Trust on a Work­Taste place­ment at Canal­side Ra­dio

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