2019 Berkshire Local Business Charity Awards Finalists Announced

The finalists have been announced in the Local Business Charity Awards (Berkshire), sponsored by insurance brokers A-Plan and Jelf and with media partners the LocaliQ, part of the Newsquest Media Group.

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

The Jelf Award

  • Convatec nominated by Berkshire Youth
  • Gardner Leader nominated by Swings & Smiles
  • Nationwide Building Society nominated by The Dash Charity
  • Penguins Events nominated by Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Services

A-Plan Award

  • A Twist of Lime Nominated by Baby Bank
  • Bisham Abbey Sailing & Navigation School Nominated by Rivertime Boat Trust 
  • The Swift Group Nominated by Newbury Soup Kitchen
  • TSB (Reading Branch) Nominated by Babies in Buscot Support (BiBs)

Individual Award

  • Adrian Smith From The Swift Group Nominated by Newbury Soup Kitchen
  • Carol Irwin From Sainsburys Nominated by PALS (West Berkshire)
  • Ken Navin From Innovate Services Nominated by Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Services
  • Lisa Chaffey From Action Coach Reading Nominated by Berkshire Vision

Commenting on the finalists Carl Shuker, CEO of A-Plan Holdings said:

‘We have been sponsoring these awards in Oxfordshire since 2018 and are now delighted to be supporting them in Berkshire as well. With offices and clients across the county, we know the importance of businesses supporting their local charities and have enjoyed reading about the fantastic efforts being made here in Berkshire. We congratulate you all as finalists and look forward to meeting you at the finals at SportsAble in October.’

Mike Owen, Managing Director – South, Jelf, said:

‘Jelf have been sponsoring the Local Business Charity Awards since 2014. We have followed them from Gloucestershire to North Yorkshire, Cumbria, Oxfordshire and now Berkshire. We are constantly impressed by the stories of altruism that we read in the nominations and it is great to see that Berkshire has its own stable of generous companies working hard to support their local charities too. We say this every year and it remains true today, reaching the finals alone is winning in our books and we hope it is in yours too. Congratulations to you all, we look forward to meeting you soon.’

The finals will be held on Thursday 17 October 2019 at SportsAble in Maidenhead. The event will be catered for by the charity’s own catering team, using food ‘Grown, Sown, Harvested and Reared’ in Berkshire, to reflect the finest tastes and flavours in the county.

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 a skills and need swap. 

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