Award de­light for char­ity team in suc­cess­ful year of hon­ours

Macclesfield Express - - THE LAUGHING BADGER -

A CHAR­ITY team are cel­e­brat­ing a suc­cess­ful year with an­other award win.

Vol­un­teers and staff at the Rossendale Trust have been picked as Char­ity of the Year by the East Cheshire Cham­ber of Com­merce and En­ter­prise.

This fol­lows the trust, which cares for adults with learn­ing and phys­i­cal dis­abil­i­ties, achiev­ing a gold stan­dard In­vestors in Peo­ple award, which cel­e­brates or­gan­i­sa­tions which cre­ate a good work­ing en­vi­ron­ment for staff.

Sue Heaven, head of PR and fundrais­ing at Rossendale Trust, said: “Win­ning this award is a fan­tas­tic trib­ute to all of the peo­ple who work for the char­ity, who are pro­vid­ing great care and sup­port to adults with learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties.

“Be­com­ing Char­ity of the Year is a great hon­our shared by ev­ery­one at Rossendale.”

The award was pre­sented to the trust, on Hollin Lane, Sut­ton, at the Cham­ber’s an­nual awards din­ner, held at Cran­age Hall. The ac­co­lades are im­por­tant mile­stones for the char­ity, which has grown af­ter be­ing started by two lo­cal fam­i­lies who saw an ur­gent need in Mac­cles­field for sup­port for peo­ple with learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties.

In the late 1960s Alan and Mary Chap­man felt there was lit­tle sup­port for fam­i­lies such as theirs look­ing for respite ser­vices for their son Richard.

The Chap­mans heard the same story from other par­ents, in­clud­ing Ernie and Bar­bara Hyde.

Alan and Mary had the idea of look­ing for a house which could be con­verted into a respite home.

They dis­cussed the plan with Ernie and Bar­bara and the fam­i­lies de­cided they would pool their re­sources.

In De­cem­ber 1972 Rossendale Hall and Lodge was of­fered for sale and they sub­mit­ted an of­fer.

Since then fa­cil­i­ties have grown to in­clude the Oakwood Cen­tre, which of­fers var­i­ous ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Sue said en­ter­ing the East Cheshire Cham­ber of Com­merce and En­ter­prise awards helps to of­fer more op­por­tu­ni­ties.

She said: “We en­ter for th­ese awards to raise the pro­file of the trust and to build part­ner­ships with the busi­ness com­mu­nity.

“Work­ing to­gether on ways to in­clude our ten­ants in the busi­ness world is prov­ing to be a great ex­pe­ri­ence for all par­ties in­volved, break­ing down bar­ri­ers and grow­ing un­der­stand­ing.”

The trust aims to give its res­i­dents work ex­pe­ri­ence in the com­mu­nity.

Ed­ward Graves, who is a tenant at the trust, said: “This Char­ity of the Year Award will help us to do more things.”

If you would like to know more about the Trust call 01260 252500 or visit rossendaletrust.org.

●● Ed­ward Graves, Ge­orge Mitchell and Adam Stevens with the award

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