Char­ity be­gins at work Re­ward for help and sup­port

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THE char­i­ta­ble work of busi­nesses and em­ploy­ees has been recog­nised with nom­i­na­tions for an an­nual award.

Launched in 2014, the Lo­cal Busi­ness Char­ity Awards – sup­ported by in­sur­ance spe­cial­ists Jelf and Ageas In­sur­ance – recog­nise the sup­port given to char­i­ties in the county.

Nom­i­na­tions in the three awards are made by char­i­ties for busi­nesses and in­di­vid­u­als who have helped them through­out the year.

The Jelf Award is for nom­i­na­tions for any county char­ity with an an­nual turnover of more than £200,000 with The Ageas Award for those with a turnover of less than £200,000.

» The Jelf Award fi­nal­ists

Chel­tenham Bor­ough Coun­cil (nom­i­nated by LINC) Coven­try Build­ing So­ci­ety (nom­i­nated by Na­tional Star) Glouces­ter­shire Fire & Res­cue Ser­vice (nom­i­nated by Chel­tenham & Glouces­ter Hos­pi­tals Char­ity) Hooray Re­cruit­ment (nom­i­nated by Chel­tenham An­i­mal Shel­ter)

» The Ageas Award fi­nal­ists

Creed Food­ser­vice (nom­i­nated by Wig­gly Worm) Dis­abil­ity Care & Mo­bil­ity (nom­i­nated by Goals Beyond Grass) Kingscott Dix Chel­tenham (nom­i­nated by To­gether in Mat­son)

Z’s Salon (nom­i­nated by Heart Heroes)

» In­di­vid­ual Award fi­nal­ists

Ja­son Mather – 101 Bat­tal­ion REME, Army Re­serve Cen­tre (nom­i­nated by Glouces­ter Rugby Com­mu­nity Char­ity) Kevin Man­nion – Glouces­ter Rugby Club (nom­i­nated by Glouces­ter City Mis­sion) Ross Ni­choll – Gen­er­a­tion Events (nom­i­nated by Heart Heroes) Jerry Mars­den – MBE In­stal­la­tions (nom­i­nated by Sun­flow­ers Sui­cide Sup­port)

Ni­chola Thomson, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Jelf Mid­lands & South West, was among the judges.

She said: “Our praise and ad­mi­ra­tion goes to all the busi­nesses that were put for­ward.

“The work you do be­hind the scenes is truly in­spi­ra­tional and we thank you for your al­tru­ism and kind­ness.

“All nominees should be very proud be­cause you re­ally do make a dif­fer­ence to a great many peo­ple in the com­mu­ni­ties you serve.”

Cathy Tay­lor, head of com­mer­cial un­der­writ­ing and op­er­a­tions at Ageas In­sur­ance, was also among the judges.

She said: ‘Six new char­i­ties have par­tic­i­pated in the awards, nom­i­nat­ing the busi­nesses they are work­ing with.

“While it’s a chal­lenge to judge en­tries from such a di­verse range of char­i­ties it was re­ally in­spir­ing to read the tes­ti­monies of how sup­port from busi­nesses is mak­ing a very real dif­fer­ence to our com­mu­nity.”

The judging panel was com­pleted by Lord-lieu­tenant of Glouces­ter­shire Ed­ward Gille­spie, Chel­tenham MP Alex Chalk and Rachael Sug­den, se­nior ed­i­tor of Reach Plc Glouces­ter­shire.

Fi­nal­ists and the char­ity will be in­vited to the award fi­nals on Thurs­day, Septem­ber 19 at the Tithe Barn, Bishop’s Cleeve.

The char­i­ties who nom­i­nated the win­ners will each re­ceive a do­na­tion of £1,000.

Char­i­ties and busi­nesses can con­tinue to list them­selves for free on the Sup­port A Lo­cal Char­ity page at lo­cal­busi­ness­char­­porta-lo­cal-char­ity-in-glouces­ter­shire.

Char­i­ties list their wants and busi­nesses what they can of­fer a char­ity in the way of help or do­nated ser­vices.

Suc­cess­ful matches reach the Hall of Char­i­ta­ble Fame.

Win­ners of the Lo­cal Busi­ness Char­ity Awards 2018

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