Image: Two of Northern Ireland’s Unsung Heroes were recognised at the first ever Lloyds Bank Foundation Charity Achievement Awards for NI yesterday (July 16). Trevor Monteith from Carrickfergus Senior Gateway won the Unsung Hero category and Maud McKetterick from Mountpottinger Presbyterian Church was Highly Commended
A charity that has saved the lives of more than 2,500 people, a second making a difference to lives of people with Autism and another that has forged partnerships with major supermarkets to donate food to the homeless – just three of the Northern Ireland winners of the first ever Lloyds Bank Foundation Charity Achievement Awards.
Six of Northern Ireland’s winning charities will go on to compete in London for Charity of the Year in October.
The Northern Ireland list also includes a charity that has come back from the brink of closure, a community group that serves a small rural village and a pensioner who has dedicated his life to helping people with disabilities.
The six charities are: Foyle Search and Rescue; Dundonald Sea Cadets; Learmount Community Development Group; Autism NI; Carrickfergus & District Senior Gateway and Council for the Homeless.
The Foundations organised the awards to celebrate its 30th anniversary and the Northern Ireland winners were announced at an event in Malone House yesterday (July 16th).
“The aim of the awards is to showcase how local charities are working at the frontline of tackling disadvantage and bettering lives in their communities. These UK-wide awards recognise the work of outstanding small and medium-sized charities, which have benefited from grants from the Lloyds Bank Foundations of Northern Ireland, England, Wales and the Channel Islands. Since the launch in 1985 the Foundations have distributed over £575m to charities in communities across the UK helping to tackle disadvantage,” said Lloyds Bank Foundation NI Executive Director Sandara Kelso-Robb.
“We had 129 entries for the six award categories and it was incredibly difficult to choose the winners as all had made such a valuable contribution to society. The sector has been facing massive funding cuts in recent years but these awards show how groups and individuals are rallying, ensuring that there is hope of a better future for their communities,” she added.
The six Northern Ireland winners will now face competition from their counterparts in England, Wales and the Channel Islands at a prestigious awards ceremony at Banking Hall, the historic London Headquarters of Lloyds Bank.