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Jelf and Ageas announce finalists in the 2017 Local Business Charity Awards

PUBLISHED: 11:09 24 August 2017 | UPDATED: 11:09 24 August 2017

Sponsors Phil Barton, CEO Jelf and Bluefin and Cathy Taylor, Head of Commercial Underwriting and Operations of Ageas

Sponsors Phil Barton, CEO Jelf and Bluefin and Cathy Taylor, Head of Commercial Underwriting and Operations of Ageas

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Jelf and Ageas, sponsors of the 2017 Local Business Charity Awards, have announced this year’s finalists

The Local Business Charity Awards, founded by Jelf in 2014, recognise the generous support given specifically by Gloucestershire businesses to the county’s local charities.

The judges for the 2017 awards are:

• Matt Holmes, editor of the Gloucestershire Echo

• Dame Janet Trotter DBE, the Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire

• Dr Diane Savory OBE, Chair of GFirst LEP

• Alex Chalk, MP for Cheltenham

• Phil Barton, CEO Jelf and Bluefin (sponsor)

• Cathy Taylor, Head of Commercial Underwriting and Operations of Ageas (sponsor)

Phil Barton, CEO Jelf and Bluefin, founder of the awards said, ‘Another year, another flood of heart-warming stories for my fellow judges and I to read, describing the selfless work done by companies and individuals across Gloucestershire to support our local charities. As ever the commitment, generosity and, at times, sheer physical hard graft we have read about, has been incredible and I offer my congratulations to them all, especially to our finalists we are naming today.’

Cathy Taylor, Head of Commercial Underwriting and Operations of sponsors Ageas, continued,‘It has been both a privilege and a delight to co sponsor these wonderful awards. Having the opportunity to acknowledge both individuals and organisations that work so hard to help and support these charities, has been a pleasure.’

The finalists are:

For charities who have an annual turnover of more than £100,000 a year:

Company: Clarkson Evans Charity: Cheltenham and Gloucester Hospitals Charity

Company: Coventry Building Society Charity: Gloucestershire Deaf Association (GDA)

Company: Gloucester Services Charity: Play Gloucestershire

For charities who have an annual turnover of less than £100,000:

Company: Hourglass Seal Ltd Charity: The Coopers Edge Trust

Company: Skylight9 Charity: The Hollie Gazzard Trust

The Individual Award:

Tessa Falzon, Colour Connection Charity: Cheltenham and Gloucester Hospitals Charity

Carol Gilbert, Ecclesiastical Charity: The Nelson Trust

Helen Howe, Lumière Restaurant Charity: National Star

The sponsors will invite finalists, charities and guests to a Punjabi BBQ Feast finals evening, hosted by local presenter Craig Wright, with live music and dancing at the National Star College, Ullenwood on Thursday September 7.

Winners of the Jelf and Ageas awards will win £1,000 each, to be donated to the charity who nominated them. The winner of the individual award will win a weekend away to the value of £250.

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