Sheffield Mutual announces Charity Award
Sheffield Mutual Friendly Society has announced the winners of the 2019 Charity Award.
At the beginning of January, Sheffield Mutual asked its members and the general public to nominate their favourite charities to receive an award. A panel of staff and Committee members then shortlisted the charities to the final ten.
The final ten charities were: DAG: Scarborough Disability Action Group, FareShare Yorkshire, The LimbBo Foundation, Motor Neurone Disease Association, Sheffield Flourish, The Sheffield Cats Shelter, Vida Sheffield, Weston Park Hospital, Whirlow Hall Farm and York Teaching Hospital Charity (Butterfly Appeal).
After a fantastic response from people casting their vote for their favourite charity, voting closed on 31st July 2019 and the winners are as follows:
1st place – Weston Park Cancer Charity – £5,000
2nd place – The Sheffield Cats Shelter – £1,500
3rd place – Whirlow Hall Farm Trust – £1,000
Chief Executive Officer, Jamie Bellamy said:
“We have been overwhelmed by the response we have received for this year’s Charity Award. I would like to thank the ten charities and congratulate the winners who I’m sure will put their donations to good use. Supporting local charities and community groups forms a part of our culture and we hope that the Charity Award will continue to go from strength-to-strength in the years to come.”
Helen Gentle, Deputy Director of Fundraising at Weston Park was delighted with the news:
“We were absolutely over the moon to find out that we had won the top award in the Sheffield Mutual Charity Award, we just couldn’t stop smiling! The £5,000 grant will help us fund the drop-in service at our Cancer Support Centre. The Centre provides emotional help and practical support to anyone affected by cancer and is a real lifeline for the hundreds of people who walk through our doors each week in need of specialist advice.
We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who took the time to vote for Weston Park Cancer Charity and of course to Sheffield Mutual for this really generous sum which will make a big difference to our work.”
For further information about the Charity Award and other community/charity projects the Society is involved in, please visit their website www.sheffieldmutual.com/in-the-community