Each year the Cumbria Community Foundation hold their Annual General Meeting but also take the opportunity to invite members and guests to highlight and celebrate the work they have done during the year
Ricky Taylor and I were pleased to be able to attend this year’s event at Whitehaven Golf Club on Thursday 21 November. With welcome drinks in hand we had time to talk with other guests before being shown to our tables. Ricky was a guest of KPMG Accountants and I was seated with guests from Burnetts Solicitors.
With the formalities of the AGM taken care of speedily, Andrew Beeforth, Chief Executive of the Cumbria Community Foundation talked about some of the grants made to community groups and the difference it has made to peoples lives. He introduced three groups, West Cumbria Domestic Violence; Pheonix Youth Project; and West Cumbria Carers. Representatives from these groups took to the stage and with very moving and poignant presentations, explained the projects they are involved in and why the Community Foundation funding is so important to them.
Nuclear Management Partners (NMP) are one of the Cumbria Community Foundation’s largest corporate donors and by the end of 2013 they will have granted £2.5 million via their own NMP Community Fund to organisations across West Cumbria. Dr Ian Hudson, NMP’s General Manager spoke about the significant impact their fund has made to hundreds of groups, individuals and volunteers.
The evening was rounded off with a questions and answers session by Andrew Tinkler, Chief Executive Officer of Stobart Group. It was fantastic to hear Andrew’s story of how he became the success that he is today and the plans for the future of the Stobart Group.
The new club house at Whitehaven Golf Club was a fantastic venue for the event and the atmosphere and delicious food made the whole evening feel very special.