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Awards scheme launched to help fund charities
Charities in Bradford are to benefit from a £140,000 handout by Sovereign Health Care Charitable Trust.
To mark the 140th anniversary of Sovereign Health Care in Bradford, the Trust has organised the Good All Round Awards, an online voting campaign to decide how the cash will be shared between 14 charitable organisations in the district.
Each of the charities will receive a portion of the £140,000, with the amount determined by the number of votes cast by the public.
Voting begins today after the awards scheme was announced yesterday in City Park.
Representatives of the 14 charities gathered with a troupe of fire-juggling hula-hoop artists, a quirky accordion player and a giant web address calling the public to action.
Jo Habib, Sovereign’s charitable trust co-ordinator, said the charities were chosen to raise awareness of organisations that are not necessarily household names but make a significant contribution to the district.
She said: “Every one of the 14 charities makes a real difference in the Bradford area and, as such, each one will receive additional funding through the Good All Round Awards – but how much is up to the voting public.”
Sovereign Health Care chief executive Russ Piper said the awards were a fitting way to mark 140 years and to “say thank you to the 14 charities for their service to Bradford”.
“We wanted to end our 140th year with a bang and felt there was no better way than with a campaign to support some of Bradford’s unseen charities,” he said. “This is an opportunity for everyone in our region to do something for their community. Please vote and support those who support others.”
Established in 1873, Sovereign Health Care is one of the UK’s longest-established providers of healthcare cash plans to individuals and businesses. Its Charitable Trust has donated more than £4 mllion to community and health-related good causes over the past six years.
The £140,000 funding for the Good All Around Awards was gift-aided to the Trust as a special donation in addition to the £500,000 Sovereign aims to distribute annually.
The charities shortlisted by trustees are: Bradford Toy Library, Canterbury Imagine, Clothing Solutions for Disabled People, Millan Centre, Bradford Soup Run, Haworth Riding for the Disabled, West Yorkshire Medic Response Team, Bradford Disability Sport and Leisure, Cancer Support Bradford and Airedale, Christians Against Poverty, Crossroads Care Airedale and Bradford, e:merge, HALE (Health Action Local Engagement) and Keyhouse.
l Voting takes place until October 31 at goodallround.org. The results will be announced at a ceremony on November 19 at the National Media Museum
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