Charities and community groups benefit from £10,000 Vernon Jubilee Fund

Community groups and charities in Stockport receive their share of the Vernon Jubilee Fund
Community groups and charities in Stockport receive their share of the awards in 2017

The Vernon Building Society has handed out over £10,000 to 16 community groups and charities in Stockport from its Jubilee Fund.

The Stockport County Community Foundation received the top amount – £1,862 – at the presentation evening after picking up the most votes online and from Stockport Express readers.

The Wellspring homeless charity in Stockport town centre was next with £1,716, followed by AuKids magazine, which will receive £968.63. Each vote was worth £1.92 to the chosen group.

There was also a special Vernon staff award of £500 on the night to The Weekend Day Care Centre.

The Jubilee Fund was set up in 2012 by the Vernon Building Society and has given away more than £60,000 to charities and community groups in the Stockport area.

Mike Hanson, chief executive of the Vernon, said: “It is very humbling to meet the finalists and listen to how passionate they are about improving the community in which many of us live and work.

“We look forward to visiting them over the coming months and seeing first-hand the progress that they are making.”

The Stockport County Community Foundation will use the money to support their coaching sessions and buy equipment for the 120 children and adults with physical and learning disabilities that take part in their football and multi-sport project.

Adrian Rigby-Bates, Disability Football Development Officer, said: “Everyone at Stockport County Community Foundation is absolutely delighted to have been chosen as one of the 16 charities that took part in this year’s Vernon Building Society Jubilee Fund and to receive such a fabulous donation.

“It has given us the opportunity to talk to thousands of people in our local community to raise awareness about the good work that we do in providing football and multi-sport opportunities to children, young people and adults with a range of physical and learning disabilities.

“It really shows how the local community can make such a positive difference with their support.”

Who received what from the 2017 Vernon Jubilee Fund

  • Stockport County Community Foundation £1,862.25
  • The Wellspring £1,716.20
  • AuKids magazine £968.63
  • Bosden Farm Community Group £693.82
  • The Weekend Day Centre for Dementia Care £624.64
  • Stockport Foodbank £611.19
  • Stroke Information £538.16
  • Friends of St Joseph’s £530.47
  • 1st Hazel Grove Scout Group £482.43
  • Independent Options £409.40
  • MedEquip4Kids £388.26
  • Family Art Attack £326.77
  • Beechwood Cancer Care £247.98
  • Stockport Building Preservation Trust £247.98
  • Love Reddish £224.91
  • Avro Heritage Museum £126.90

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