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New Awards for Leicestershire a success

New Awards for Leicestershire a success

The first Leicestershire Community Champions Awards was on a great success on Tuesday 24th November, with the Midland Langar Seva Society taking the flagship award of Charity of the Year.

The event was set up by the Furnley House Foundation in partnership with Voluntary Action LeicesterShire (VAL),  to celebrate the amazing people and organisations who have gone above and beyond to help their local communities throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Furnley House Foundation was born out of Furnley House’s ambition to create opportunities and improve the lives of the local community. Usually, they hold a number of events to help bring the community together and have previously raised in excess of £40,000 each year for charities and not for profits.

For the awards, the Foundation asked people to nominate their local heroes over ten categories including registered charities, community organisations, local businesses, as well as individuals.

Hosted by local celebrity Ian Stringer, the virtual awards evening on Tuesday 24th November was attended by more than 160 people online. Over £650 was raised on the night, plus an additional £250 from some generous Furnley House clients, which will be split equally between the five Charity of the Year finalists.

Midland Langar Seva Society were awarded the title of Charity of the Year, which was sponsored by Furnley House, winning a £5000 grant as well as a share of the proceeds from the next Furnley House Foundation Summer Ball. The runner up Charity Link will also receive tickets to the Ball.

Stefan Fura, co-founder of Furnley House and Trustee of the Furnley House Foundation said ‘It was great to see the community of Leicestershire pulling together during this difficult year. We are delighted that we’re able to raise awareness and support so many local causes as well as celebrating the fantastic individuals and organisation who have really made a difference. Congratulations to all the very deserving finalists and winners.

‘Thank you to all our judges and sponsors for their generous support of the Awards and the Furnley House Foundation.’

The full event can be seen on our YouTube

Picture: Stefan Fura, Gareth Padfield, Simon Winfield and Ian Stringer with cheque


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