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Finalists announced for awards to recognise charity giving by Gloucestershire businesses

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Written by: Matt Discombe | Posted 24 August 2017 13:05

Finalists announced for awards to recognise charity giving by Gloucestershire businesses

Finalists have been announced for an awards ceremony to recognise the contribution made by Gloucestershire businesses and their staff to local Gloucestershire charities.

Jelf and Ageas, sponsors of the 2017 Local Business Charity Awards, have announced this year’s finalists.

The awards, founded by Jelf in 2014, recognise the generous support given specifically by Gloucestershire businesses to the county’s local charities.

Phil Barton, chief executive of Jelf and Bluefin who founded the awards, said: "Another year, another flood of heart-warming stories for my fellow judges and I to read, describing the selfless work done by companies and individuals across Gloucestershire to support our local charities.

"As ever the commitment, generosity and, at times, sheer physical hard graft we have read about, has been incredible and I offer my congratulations to them all, especially to our finalists we are naming today."

The finalists

Finalists in the Jelf Award – for charities who have an annual turnover of more than £100,000 a year

 

  Name of company (alphabetical order) Name of charity
1 Clarkson Evans Cheltenham and Gloucester Hospitals Charity
2 Coventry Building Society Gloucestershire Deaf Association (GDA)
3 Gloucester Services Play
Gloucestershire

Finalists in the Ageas Award – for charities who have an annual turnover of less than £100,000

 

  Name of company (alphabetical order) Name of charity
1 Hourglass Seal Ltd The Coopers Edge Trust
2 Skylight9 The Hollie Gazzard Trust

Finalists in the Individual Award

 

  Name of Individual and the company they work for –(sorted by surname in alphabetical order) Name of charity
1 Tessa Falzon, Colour Connection Cheltenham and Gloucester Hospitals Charity
2 Carol Gilbert, Ecclesiastical The Nelson Trust
3 Helen Howe, Lumière Restaurant National Star

The sponsors will invite finalists, charities and guests to a Punjabi BBQ Feast finals evening, hosted by local presenter Craig Wright, with live music and dancing at the National Star College, Ullenwood on Thursday, September 7. 

Winners of the Jelf and Ageas awards will win £1,000 each, to be donated to the charity who nominated them. The winner of the individual award will win a weekend away to the value of £250.

The judges for the 2017 awards are:

  • Matt Holmes, editor of the Gloucestershire Echo
  • Dame Janet Trotter DBE, the Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire
  • Dr Diane Savory OBE, Chair of GFirst LEP
  • Alex Chalk, MP for Cheltenham
  • Phil Barton, CEO Jelf and Bluefin (sponsor)
  • Cathy Taylor, Head of Commercial Underwriting and Operations of Ageas (sponsor)

Cathy Taylor, head of commercial underwriting and operations of sponsors Ageas, said: "It has been both a privilege and a delight to co sponsor these wonderful awards. Having the opportunity to acknowledge both individuals and organisations that work so hard to help and support these charities, has been a pleasure."

Caption: Phil Barton, of Jelf, and Cathy Taylor, of Ageas, sponsors of the 2017 Local Business Charity Awards

 

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