Charity awards shine a spotlight on work of ‘the best of the best’
THE winners of the 2019 Local Business Charity Awards Gloucestershire have been announced at a special event in recognition of their contribution to the county.
The finals, held at the Tithe Barn in Bishop’s Cleeve on Friday, September 20, were attended by more than 80 people, with representatives from businesses and charities from across the county – along with guests like the Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire Edward Gillespie and Cheltenham MP Alex Chalk, who were among the judges.
The awards, which were founded in Gloucestershire in September 2014 and supported by insurance specialists Jelf and Ageas Insurance, recognise and thank businesses that support their local charities.
Finalists celebrated and dined on food that was “grown, sown, harvested and reared” in Gloucestershire to highlight the very best the county has to offer. Local suppliers included the Gloucester Sausage Company, Norths Bakery, Joyce Arnold’s Fruit and Vegetable Shop and the Cotteswold Dairy. There were two awards to enter: The Jelf Award: Open to nominations from charities with an annual income of more than £200,000 a year
The Ageas Award: For charities with an annual income of under £200,000.
Coventry Building Society, which was nominated by National Star, was named the winner of the Jelf Award, while the Ageas Award went to Disability Care & Mobility, which was nominated by Goals Beyond Grass. The charities that nominated the winners in these two categories will each receive a £1,000 donation.
Charities were also invited to nominate an individual, who works in a Gloucestershire company, in the Individual Award category to recognise their personal contribution to supporting that cause. The award was presented to Kevin Mannion from Gloucester Rugby, who was nominated by Gloucester City Mission. He will receive a weekend away worth £300.
Cathy Taylor, head of commercial underwriting and operations at Ageas Insurance, said: “As a judge I was privileged to read all the nominations from these truly altruistic Gloucestershire organisations. Choosing one winner in each category was a really tough job; every year it comes down to just a point or two and all who entered should be proud of being recognised as one of the best in the county.
“As a sponsor of these awards, Ageas is delighted to shine a light on the great work being done in Gloucestershire and we send all finalists and winners our hearty congratulations.”
Mike Owen, Jelf South managing director, said: “Jelf have been sponsoring these awards up and down the UK since 2014 and year on year we hear stories that make us stop in our tracks, bowled over as we are by the lengths companies and individuals go to, to support those less fortunate than themselves. This year in Gloucestershire it was no different. From Disability Care and Mobility’s incredible generosity in helping Goals Beyond Grass with free services following the inexplicable vandalism of their electric wheelchairs, to the Coventry Building Society who brought untold amounts of enthusiasm and support to National Star and finally to Kevin Mannion from Gloucester Rugby Club who is the powerhouse behind the academy’s support of homeless charity the Gloucester City Mission.
“These companies and people are truly the best of the best in Gloucestershire and we are honoured to be able to recognise their generosity through these awards tonight.”
Judges for this year’s awards included Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire Edward Gillespie, Cheltenham MP Alex Chalk, Jelf South managing director Mike Owen, Gloucestershire Live senior editor Rachael Sugden and head of commercial underwriting and operations at Ageas Insurance, Cathy Taylor.
Winners and finalists on stage at the 2019 Local Business Charity Awards Gloucestershire
Kevin Mannion, right, receives the Individual Award from Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire Edward Gillespie