Healthy n Happy are short­listed for award

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Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment trust, Healthy n Happy, have been short­listed for a pres­ti­gious UK-wide award.

The char­ity are in the run­ning to pick up the ‘em­brac­ing op­por­tu­nity and har­ness­ing risk’ gong at the 2016 Char­ity Gov­er­nance Awards.

They will be up against Fam­ily Ac­tion, who of­fer sup­port to fam­i­lies suf­fer­ing from poverty or iso­la­tion in Eng­land, and the Royal Free Char­ity, who work to im­prove pa­tients ex­pe­ri­ence in health­care.

If they win, Healthy n Happy could also pick up a £ 5,000 un­re­stricted grant.

Ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, Brendan Rooney, said: “We are de­lighted to be short­listed and con­sid­ered in th­ese na­tional UK awards.

“It is recog­ni­tion for all the hard work and en­deav­ours of lo­cal res­i­dents who have led from the front and al­ways gone the ex­tra mile to grow and de­velop a lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tion that re­sponds to lo­cal needs.

“The board of di­rec­tors re­alised back in 2012 that it was nec­es­sary to be­come a com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment trust in or­der to sup­port the in­ter­ests of com­mu­ni­ties and fam­i­lies through­out Cam­bus­lang and Ruther­glen.”

Healthy n Happy is one of just 18 char­i­ties from across Bri­tain to have been short­listed for an award.

They rep­re­sent a wide range of sub­jects and ar­eas, in­clud­ing ma­rine con­ser­va­tion, youth work, dis­abil­ity ser­vices and her­itage and cul­ture.

A 14-strong judg­ing panel will se­lect a win­ner in each of the six cat­e­gories. The win­ners will be an­nounced at the of­fi­cial awards cer­e­mony, with VIP guest speaker, the BBC broad­caster Ed­ward Stour­ton, in Lon­don on May 12.

The awards are or­gan­ised by the Cloth­work­ers Com­pany, which was set up over 500 years ago as a trade as­so­ci­a­tion but is now a reg­is­tered char­ity and one of the UK’s largest grant-mak­ers

Michael How­ell, chair of the trustee­ship com­mit­tee at The Cloth­work­ers’ Com­pany, said: “Our aim in spon­sor­ing th­ese awards is to shine a bright light on great gov­er­nance.

“What this reveals is that gov­er­nance looks dif­fer­ent wher­ever you look – there is no ‘one size fits all.”

In the run­ning The work of Healthy n Happy staff has been recog­nised by the Char­ity Gov­er­nance Awards

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