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Thursday, 13 May 2021
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North West Charities Share £25,000 Grant from Cadent Foundation thanks to customer vote

FIFTEEN charities across the North West have received a share of a £25,000 grant fund from the Cadent Foundation after being nominated and voted for by Cadent employees and customers across the region. 

Through its ‘Connecting Colleagues, Customers and Communities’ initiative, Cadent employees in the North West were asked to trial a new approach to the way in which local grants are allocated – by nominating local charities, which were then shortlisted and put forward to a public vote. More than 1000 customers took part in the voting process, with the winning charity in each county being awarded the top grant of £3000 and the runners up each receiving £1000.

Derian House Children’s Hospice in Chorley, Pure Insight in Stockport, Greenbank in Liverpool, MIND in Furness in Barrow and the Oasis Centre for Young People in Ellesmere Port received the highest number of votes in each county. (See table below for a full list of charities).

Derian House Children’s Hospice delivers end of life, palliative and neo-natal care to children and young people from Lancashire, South Cumbria and Greater Manchester.

Caroline Taylor, Communications Manager, said:

“We’re absolutely over the moon that the lovely lot at Cadent have chosen Derian House Children’s Hospice as one of their favourite charities to receive grant funding.

“It will mean the world to the seriously ill babies, children and young people we look after here at Derian to receive this money, especially as our donations have significantly declined due to the coronavirus pandemic, with the forced cancellation of events and temporary closure of our charity shops. £3,000 could pay for three families to have a free week’s holiday to make happy memories together, or it could pay for a hospice nurse for a month.”

Greenbank was set up to enhance the opportunities and status of people with disabilities through education, training, employment, and recreation.

Mark Palmer, Sport Development Manager at Greenbank Sports Academy, commented:

“We’re so pleased to have been awarded £3000 by the Cadent Foundation. The funding will go towards vital refurbishment work, including changing rooms and shower areas. Many of our service users are disabled with underlying health issues, so these developments will go towards enabling an improved environment which will be vital in improving their confidence to return to activity. A big thank you to Cadent and all the customers who voted for us.”

Julia Dwyer, Director of the Cadent Foundation, said:

“Over the last 12 months, the need to come together and support each other has never been more important. We wanted to ensure Cadent customers and colleagues were given the chance to help care for their local community by nominating and voting for charities that were close to their hearts.

“The ‘Connecting Colleagues, Customers and Communities’ initiative has been a huge success with 15 charities shortlisted and more than 1000 customers taking part in the voting process. The project has grown from strength to strength as a direct result of the ongoing focus, commitment and support from colleagues across the North West. It has allowed us to focus on where help is needed the most and offer grants to projects where we can make a real difference.”

Cadent engineer Michael Nutt, from Liverpool, collected the most customer votes.  He added:

“It’s difficult to pick one stand out comment from a customer because all the comments have been so positive. Customers like that these charities were selected by local Cadent staff, and that voting is for the community by the community, particularly at a time when due to COVID, most charities are struggling to raise funds.”

The Cadent Foundation is funded by the local gas network Cadent and has been established to support projects large and small that help people living in vulnerable situations and disadvantaged communities, protect and preserve the natural environment or support in creating a sustainable energy future for all.

Full list of charities who have received a grant:

Charity

Location

Grant

Derian House Children’s Hospice

Chorley

£3000

St John’s Hospice

Lancaster

£1000

Action for ASD

Burnley

£1000

Greenbank

Liverpool

£3000

The Whitechapel Centre

Liverpool

£1000

Merseyside and Cheshire Blood Bikes

Liverpool

£1000

Pure Insight

Stockport

£2000

Tree of Life Centre

Wythenshawe

£1000

Jolly Josh

Rochdale

£1000

Salford Deaf Children’s Society

Salford

£1000

MIND in Furness

Barrow-in-Furness

£3000

Dazzle for Children

Barrow-in-Furness

£2000

Oasis Centre for Young People

Ellesmere Port

£3000

Halton Haven Hospice

Runcorn

£1000

Steve Prescott Foundation

Warrington

£1000

For more information on the Cadent Foundation, please visit: www.cadentfoundation.com.

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