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Guernsey Mind named as charity of the year

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WINNERS of this year’s Community Awards were celebrated at a presentation last night for their positive and important impact on the community.

Charlotte Horsepool’s dedication to the work of the Leo Club of Guernsey saw her named as the winner of the Guernsey Electricity-sponsored youth award. (Picture by Steve Sarre, 23100127)

Charity of the Year, sponsored by State Street, was Guernsey Mind, which took the judges’ vote ahead of St John Guernsey and the Priaulx Premature Baby Foundation.

Guernsey Mind won the award for ‘promoting positive mental health for all islanders and raising awareness of mental health issues’.

Ann Wragg, the Rev. Jon Honour and Karen Girdlestone were nominated for the PwC Channel Island- sponsored award, Outstanding Individual Achievement.

As chairman of the Guernsey Welfare Service, Mr Honour took the award for his work with the GWS, overseeeing the creation of one of Guernsey’s food banks and leading the implementation of the Linking Lives Visiting Scheme.

RG Falla sponsored the Organising Committee of the Year award which saw Floral Forest win for its enhancement of the parish for locals and visitors in 3,500 voluntary hours during the year.

Also nominated were Future Generations and the GSPCA for its animal welfare Seafront Sunday.

Ernie’s Angels, the Priaulx Premature Baby Foundation and Trevor Mahy and family were nominated for Fundraising Team of the Year, sponsored by Cazenove Capital.

Taking home the award was new charity Ernie’s Angels for its fundraising efforts to help provide financial relief and sympathy to families at difficult times in their lives.

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Investec Guernsey were the winners of this year’s Corporate Social Responsibility Award sponsored by RBC Wealth Management.

The Guernsey office beat Barclays Bank Plc Guernsey branch and State Street Guernsey to the award for ‘seeking to create a positive long-term impact on the local community’ with particular emphasis on La Mare de Carteret Primary School and Amherst Primary School.

Wellbeing Animals Guernsey, The Pollinator Project and the GSPCA with Employment & Social Security, State Street Guernsey and the Guernsey College of Further Education were all nominated for the Innovation Award, sponsored by Specsavers.

As an initiative created last year by a small group of members in La Societe Guernesiaise, The Pollinator Project won for its initiative to save and preserve local ecosystems.

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Guernsey Electricity sponsored the Youth Award which celebrated Joshua Robertson, Future Generations and Charlotte Horsepool’s achievements.

For immersing herself in the Leo Club of Guernsey’s charitable activities, Charlotte took the award. She led many Leo Club of Guernsey fundraising events which have benefited a range of local causes.

At the awards evening, nominees and guests enjoyed afternoon tea and entertainment by Kiya Ashton.

Guest speaker Steve Byrne, manager of the GSPCA, followed the welcome by awards host Jim Delbridge.

After the awards were presented, Wayne Bulpitt, chairman of the Guernsey Community Foundation, gave a closing speech, celebrating all nominees for their local impact and achievements.

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