Char­ity awards shine a spot­light on work of ‘the best of the best’

Gloucestershire Echo - - BUSINESS - Phillip THOMP­SON phillip.thomp­[email protected]­

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

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