Manchester & District MND Association Branch – Award Winners – Charity of the Year!

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Altrincham and Sale Chamber of Commerce each year hold a Business awards ceremony to honour those companies and employees who have achieved or done something exceptional, there is also a category to honour a Charity.

In summer we learnt that our Branch had been nominated for Charity of The Year, which I have to say is an honour in itself. By autumn we had learnt we were one of the finalists and were asked to attend the ceremony.

So on the 15th of October Greg Broadhurst and myself found ourselves at The Cresta Court Hotel Altrincham. After a champagne reception and a three course meal (which I have to say I didn’t enjoy as the jitters had kicked in!) Our compere for the evening Northwest Tonight news presenter Gordon Burns started the proceedings. The Charity award was not till the latter end, by which time the usually unflappable Greg was looking slightly nervous, the moment came and we were announced winners! I have to say it was a very proud moment to go up and accept the award on behalf of the Branch and all the volunteers that make it what it is and to be recognised for what we put into the community.

Our thanks go to Christine Stout Vice Chair of The Altrincham and Sale Chamber of Commerce for putting us forward for the nomination and all those who supported it. Thanks to Turkish Airlines for sponsoring the night and thanks to MLP Law for sponsoring the Charity Award and finally our commiserations to Altrincham Football Club Community Sports who were worthy runners up.

Phil Bennett

Branch Chair

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