Winners announced for Steve Morgan Foundation 20th Anniversary Awards

The winners of the Steve Morgan Foundation 20th Anniversary Awards have been announced.

A record 337 entries were submitted from charities across Cheshire, Merseyside and North Wales all vying for a share of nearly £200,000 in prize money.

A public vote was followed by two rounds of judging by trustees from the Steve Morgan Foundation before the final shortlists were agreed.

The winners and runners-up of 11 categories were revealed on Monday (March 28) at the Foundation’s 20th Anniversary Conference and Awards at Carden Park Hotel.

Categories 1-8 had a first prize of £12,000 and two runners-up prizes of £4,000. Categories 9-11 were discretionary awards with one award of £5,000 to the winner.

Philanthropist Steve Morgan CBE, who founded the Steve Morgan Foundation in 2001, announced on the day that all finalists would receive £1,000 as part of the 20th anniversary celebrations, swelling the total prize money to £198,000.

  1. Best Entrepreneurial Charity with turnover below £250k
    • Winner: Brighter Futures (£12,000)
    • Runner-up: Kirkby Amateur Boxing Club Ltd (£4,000)
    • Runner-up: Mersey Youth Support Trust (£4,000)
    • Finalist: Bee Wirral CIC (£1,000)
    • Finalist: Pennysmart CIC Ltd (£1,000)
  1. Best Entrepreneurial Charity with turnover above £250k
  • Winner: SAFE Regeneration Ltd (£12,000)
  • Runner-up: The Open Door Centre (£4,000)
  • Runner-up: Positive Futures, North Liverpool (£4,000)
  • Finalist: Crest Co-operative Ltd
  • Liverpool (£1,000)
  • Finalist: The Wishing Well Project (£1,000)
  • 3. Greatest Local Impact with turnover below £250k
  • Winner: The Martin Gallier Project (£12,000)
  • Runner-up: Teardrops Supporting Your Community (£4,000)
  • Runner-up: CELLS Project CIO (£4,000)
  • Finalist: Rotunda Inclusive Hub CIC (£1,000)
  • Finalist: Torrington Drive Community Association (£1,000)
  • 4. Greatest Local Impact with turnover above £250k
  • Winner: The Big Help Project Ltd (£12,000)
  • Runner-up: Fun 4 Kidz & L30 Community Centre (£4,000)
  • Runner-up: NEO Community (£4,000)
  • Finalist: Netherley Youth and Community Initiative Ltd (£1,000)
  • Finalist: Tomorrow’s Women Wirral (£1,000)
  • 5. Changing Young Lives with turnover below £250k
  • Winner: Thriving Spaces CIC (£12,000)
  • Runner-up: Active Hope Ltd (£4,000)
  • Runner-up: Cerebral Palsy United FC (£4,000)
  • Finalist: The Inclusion Network CIC (£1,000)
  • Finalist: Walton Youth and Community Project (£1,000)
  • 6. Changing Young Lives with turnover above £250k
  • Winner: Passion for Learning CIO (£12,000)
  • Runner-up: Positive Futures, North Liverpool (£4,000)
  • Runner-up: WEB Merseyside (£4,000)
  • Finalist: In Harmony Liverpool, Liverpool Philharmonic (£1,000)
  • Finalist: Venus Working Together with Young Women (£1,000)
  • 7. Best Volunteer Team with turnover below £250k
  • Winner: North East Wales Search and Rescue Team (£12,000)
  • Runner-up: Chester Pride (£4,000)
  • Runner-up: Motherwell Cheshire CIO (£4,000)
  • Finalist: Incredible Edible Knowsley CIC (£1,000)
  • Finalist: Paper Cup Project (£1,000)
  • 8. Best Volunteer Team with turnover above £250k
  • Winner: Koala North West (£12,000)
  • Runner-up: Emmaus Merseyside (£4,000)
  • Runner-up: NEO Community (£4,000)
  • Finalist: Passion For Learning CIO (£1,000)
  • Finalist: Tom Harrison House (£1,000)
  • 9. Disability Champion
  • Winner: The Brain Charity (£5,000)
  • Finalist: Creating Adventures (£1,000)
  • Finalist: Down Syndrome Cheshire (£1,000)
  • Finalist: Happy Times Activities Ltd (£1,000)
  • Finalist: Neuro Therapy Centre Ltd (£1,000)
  • 10. Volunteer of the Year
  • Winner: Andrew Johnston – SAFE Regeneration Ltd (£5,000)
  • Carol Haggart – The Port Grocery CIC (£1,000)
  • Margaret Guppy – CBI / Bradbury Fields Services for Blind and Partially Sighted (£1,000)
  • Ray Evans – Erlas Victorian Walled Garden (£1,000)
  • 11. Outstanding Individual Contribution
  • Winner: Denise Kelly, Teardrops Supporting Your Community (£5,000)

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