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Finalists announced in the Local Business Charity Awards (Cumbria)

The finalists have been announced for the Local Business Charity Awards (Cumbria), sponsored by insurance broker Jelf.

There were three awards to enter, the Jelf Award, for charities with an income of over £200,000 a year, the Cumbrian Award for charities with an income of under £200,000 a year and the Individual Award.

To enter, charities had to nominate a Cumbrian business or individual, who had done an outstanding job supporting them. The charity who nominates the winner of either the Jelf or Cumbrian award, will receive a donation of £1,000. The winner of the Individual award will receive a weekend break to the value of £300.

In alphabetical order, the names of the finalists and the charities who nominated them are:

Jelf Award (in alphabetical order)
 Name of CompanyNominated byName of Charity
1BAE SystemsNominated byCADAS (Cumbria Alcohol & Drug Advisory Service)
2Britain’s Energy Coast Business ClusterNominated byWest Cumbria Carers
3Penrith Building SocietyNominated byAnnie Mawson’s Sunbeams Music Trust
4The CumberlandNominated byEden Valley Hospice


The Cumbrian Award (in alphabetical order)
Name of CompanyNominated byName of Charity
1Balfour Beatty (BEP)Nominated byThe Phoenix Project
2Balfour Beatty (BEP)Nominated byTogether We
3Reach Out Support LtdNominated byTriple A Project
4The Swan Inn, CockermouthNominated byCockermouth Mechanics Brass Band


Finalists for the Individual Award (in alphabetical order)
 Name of IndividualCompany he/she works forNominated byName of Charity
1Dianne RichardsonBalfour Beatty (BEP)Nominated byPhoenix Youth Project
2Grant SeatonThe CumberlandNominated byJigsaw Hospice
3Joanne BrownLLWR LtdNominated byHospice at Home West Cumbria
4Nikki IvesonAsdaNominated byOak Tree Animals Charity

Commenting on the finalists, Mark Daley, regional director at sponsor Jelf said: ‘‘Jelf have been sponsoring the Local Business Charity Awards across the UK since 2014 but this is our first year of hosting them here in Cumbria and we could not be more delighted with the response we have received. The nominations we received were humbling to read and I know I speak for my fellow judges, when I say that choosing these finalists was not an easy job. We salute all of you who were nominated but did not make it through to the finals; your hard work, dedication and commitment has not gone unnoticed. Our huge congratulations to the finalists and we look forward to seeing them later on this month to reveal the names of the winners.”

All Local Business Charity Awards finals are held in a charity and catered for by a charity. In Cumbria, the finals will be held at Annie Mawson’s Sunbeams Music Trust, Penrith on Thursday 6 June 2019.  Food served on the night will be ‘The Best of Cumbria’, using only locally-grown and produced food, to reflect the very best of produce in the county.

The event will be hosted by BBC Radio Cumbria presenter, Ben Meader.

Although nominations for the awards are now closed, charities and businesses may continue to list themselves on the free ‘Support A Local Charity’ page, which aims to match up businesses and charities in Cumbria in a skills and need swap.

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