Wednesday, August 12, 2015

News: Chamber searches for Charity of the Year

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Local charities are being urged to come forward and apply for this year's Barnsley and Rotherham Business Awards as the Chamber once again recognises a Charity of the Year.

The Awards will recognise the achievements of the region's top businesses at Barnsley Metrodome on October 23.

The awards include ten award categories - in addition to the much-coveted Business of the Year trophy.

The Charity of the Year award acknowledges the great work local charities commit to and awards a £3,000 donation to a project, need or initiative to the chosen winner. Last year's Charity of the Year was named as The Pippa Jones Little Treasure Trust who collected their prize in front of over 500 guests.

Louise Jones, founder of the Trust said: "We would not ordinarily have an opportunity to showcase the Pippa Jones Little Treasure Trust in the wider business community and so winning this award benefited the charity as we raised awareness of our activities in the best possible arena – at the Barnsley and Rotherham Awards ceremony.

"Winning the award is a wonderful accolade in recognition of the hard work of our volunteers, trustees and supporters who have helped us raise funds over the last four years. We think it will add further credibility and esteem to our charity and will help us raise awareness of our activities and hopefully attract more funding from local businesses and the community."

This year's award is being supported by Templeborough-based Telecom and IT company DuoCall, who are donating the prize money to the winning charity. DuoCall offer innovative ways to help businesses and organisations communicate in the digital age, including superfast internet, cloud computing, business mobiles and IT support, all alongside traditional telephony solutions.

Within the last nine months the company has been supporting the Sheffield Hospitals Charity, to help premature and sick babies by raising money for their Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. DuoCall helped to provide Christmas Stockings back in December, and more recently they supported Jessop's Buggy Push, which has so far raised over £23,000 for the cause. They also work very closely with BEN, the automotive industry charity, to raise money for those who need it within the industry by donating a percentage of their automotive clients' bill to the charity.

Phil Coley, director of DuoCall, said: "We're excited to be supporting the charity of the year award and it's great that there's a platform for all local charities to be recognised for what they do. With £3,000 up for grabs, all charity members in the local area should think of getting their free entry in – even if you don't win, the awards night is always a fantastic event to attend."

The Charity Award is open to all Charity members of the Chamber who are registered with the Charity Commission. Organisations have until September 4.

Barnsley and Rotherham Business Awards website

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