The Vernon Building Society visited two of their 2018 Community Awards winners to see what impact the funding has made to the charities.
The Vernon’s Community Awards have donated over £70,000 to community groups and charities local to the Stockport area since 2012. This year 14 finalists petitioned for votes in order to receive the most amount of funding.
Stockport County Community Foundation received £850 towards their Mental Health Project which offers weekly coaching sessions and monthly football tournaments for those living with serious mental illness.
The donation helped to purchase equipment and cover coaching and training costs. The cheque was presented at County’s match against Chester where Vernon people also go to meet some of the service users.
Vernon Marketing Manager Alex Deakin said:
“It was great to see the mental health project in full swing at the match, with some of the people suffering from mental illness collecting donations around the stands on the day of the match.”
Signpost Stockport for Carers supports carers in the local area by providing them with advice and information as well as time to recharge from their taxing job.
They received £750 funding to host more of their wellbeing days which offer therapy and treatments to carers alongside refreshments in order to boost their morale and emotional wellbeing.
The Vernon visited one of the wellbeing events in Stockport’s Alma Lodge and sold copies of their 2019 calendars featuring photographs of Stockport.
All proceeds from the Vernon calendar sales will go to Stockport Signpost for Carers.
Vernon’s Marketing Assistant Adam Pemberton said:
“The Signpost wellbeing event offered us an amazing opportunity to view the funding we provided in action.
“Witnessing the carers receiving much needed respite was refreshing for me, especially as my mother is a carer.”
Main image: Mandy Torkington and Alex Deakin present £850 to the Stockport County Community Foundation at Edgeley Park
Geraldine Lamb (left) and Sally Hilliard take part in the Signpost Stockport for Carers wellbeing event