Dis­abil­ity char­ity to ben­e­fit at awards

Macclesfield Express - - BUSINESS SME BUSINESS TIPS -

THE DEAD­LINE is ap­proach­ing to sub­mit en­tries to the area’s busi­ness awards and sup­port a well-loved char­ity.

Or­gan­is­ers of this year’s North East Cheshire Busi­ness Awards picked the Rossendale Trust in Sut­ton as the char­ity to ben­e­fit from pro­ceeds from the awards.

The char­ity, on Hollin Lane in Sut­ton, sup­ports adults with learn­ing and phys­i­cal dis­abil­i­ties.

Be­ing cho­sen as the ben­e­fi­ciary for this year’s busi­ness awards fol­lows on from the Trust win­ning the Com­mu­nity Im­pact Award at the 2014 awards.

The busi­ness awards celebrate the best of busi­ness in Mac­cles­field and around.

Money from a raf­fle, prize draw and any other do­na­tions at the awards gala din­ner will be do­nated to the trust.

The Trust hopes to use the funds raised for its ‘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 re­fur- bish and re-equip the gar­den­ing ser­vice.

Sue Heaven, from the Trust, said: “It’s a great thing to be picked as the char­ity for the awards. It’s rais­ing our pro­file in the busi­ness com­mu­nity.

“I would urge peo­ple to get their en­tries in be­fore the dead­line.

“Since win­ning last year, it’s been great for us. I re­fer to it like the rip­ples on the pond ef­fect, you don’t know how far it will go.”

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Mac­cles­field Cham­ber of Com­merce, which runs the awards, are urg­ing busi­nesses to sub­mit en­tries and sup­port the char­ity.

Sue Bow­den, from the cham­ber, said: “The Rossendale Trust demon­strated what in­valu­able work they do when they won the Com­mu­nity Im­pact award last year.

“Win­ning the award fo­cused the Trust man­age­ment team on get­ting an ob­jec­tive as­sess­ment of the Trust as an or­gan­i­sa­tion and they have re­cently achieved the In­vestor in Peo­ple sta­tus, which demon­strates not only how they sup­port the ten­ants in their care but how their staff em­brace the mis­sion, vi­sion and val­ues of the Trust.”

There are 10 cat­e­gories in the awards. The clos­ing date 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 necbawards.co.uk.

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

James Rus­sell Pho­tog­ra­phy

●● The Rossendale Trust won last year’s Com­mu­nity Im­pact Award

●● Body­cote group chief ex­ec­u­tive Stephen Harris

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