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Murray Hall Community Trust is the 2023 Weston Charity Awards Winner!

Murray Hall Community Trust, a Sandwell based charity working to transform people’s lives, has had the impact of its current services and future ambitions recognised with its selection as a 2023 Weston Charity Awards winner and has been awarded a team of business experts and funding to tackle the cost-of-living crisis.

The charity was chosen from over 100 applicants, all of whom are frontline charities delivering youth, welfare, community or environment services in the North of England, the Midlands and Wales.

Manjula Patel, CEO from Murray Hall Community Trust said:

"In the last year we supported over 4,000 people in the community, many struggling with the cost-of-living crisis. We are continuously working to support more people as the demand on our services increases. We are therefore, delighted to be awarded the Weston Charity Trust and the opportunity to draw on the expertise of a Pilotlight team to work with us over the next year."

In congratulating Murray Hall Community Trust, Philippa Charles, Director of the Garfield Weston Foundation said:

Our Trustees are delighted to be able to support a record number of charities this year through the Weston Charity Awards. The Awards underscore the Foundation's passion for nurturing and empowering charities to thrive and support those who need it most.”

Ed Mayo, Chief Executive of Pilotlight, the charity which is connecting Murray Hall Community Trust with a team of coaches drawn from a range of businesses and other organisations said:

“When you fall, you want someone to catch you. Small charities offer a safety net for so many people who are vulnerable and in need. Yet small charities typically do not have the support and help that they need themselves in order to sustain their work and spread their impact. We are proud to be able to assist 23 inspiring charities through the Weston Charity Awards over the coming year.”

About the Weston Charity Awards:

Now in its ninth year, the Awards celebrate and support great frontline charities working in the fields of community, welfare and youth. Funded by the Garfield Weston Foundation and delivered by Pilotlight, charities with incomes under £5 million in the North of England, the Midlands and in Wales can apply. Initially launched in the North East of England in 2014, the Weston Charity Awards quickly expanded to the North West, the Midlands and, in 2018, Wales - areas identified by the Foundation as benefitting the least from strategic support organisations such as Pilotlight.

About the Garfield Weston Foundation:

Established over 60 years ago in 1958, the Garfield Weston Foundation is a family-founded, grant-making charity which supports causes across the UK and, in the most recent financial year, gave over £99million. Since it was established, it has exceeded donations of more than £1billion, of which well over half has been given in the past ten years. Around 2,000 charities across the UK benefit each year from the Foundation’s grants.

About Pilotlight:

Pilotlight is a charity that amplifies the impact charities, business and individuals can bring to make a better world. It creates and manages programmes that address the challenges charities face and provide them with the expertise and resources they need to thrive. Since 1996, it’s delivered over 1,000 charity projects with charities all tackling social disadvantage to ignite change that lasts.


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