05 December 2008,

North West LIFT Companies Celebrate at a Charity dinner

Charity Dinner rewards LIFT's primary and community care achievers.

The cream of the North West Local Improvement Finance Trust's (LIFT) and its associates gathered on November 13th at the LIFT NW Charity Dinner to pay tribute to those who have gone beyond the call of duty in the name of Community Regeneration and Primary Care, raising £55,000 for charity in the process.

Seven of the North West's LIFT companies nominated a person from their area whom they felt had really excelled in their field of work in the past 12 months. The seven finalists were presented with an 'Extraordinary Achievement Award for Services in the Community' at the event, which was held at the Hilton Hotel in Manchester on 13th November.

During the evening guests were invited to take part in activities to raise money for two worthy regional charities. Funds from the 'balloon popping' raffle, auction and a whole host of fund raising games were distributed between the Army Cadet Force Association's Youth and Community Outreach Programme and Derian House Children's Hospice.

Sue O'Connell, Chief Executive of Community Health Partnerships (CHP) commented: "We could not achieve the standard of delivery for which we are now renowned in the North West without the unyielding enthusiasm and dedication of the individuals and organisations involved. That is why it is so important to acknowledge those who go out of their way to do more than just their 'nine to five'. It was no easy decision to choose just one person from each area, as there are so many individuals who exceed expectations on a daily basis. This is the first time that we have held an awards ceremony for the NW LIFT community and as the evening was such a success, we will no doubt make it an annual event."

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Notes to editor:

The Army Cadet Force Association - Youth and Community Outreach Programme...
The Army Cadet Force Youth and Community Outreach Project has been operating since 1994 and in England it is reliant on charitable donations. The Outreach Project typically works with young people between the ages of 12 and 14 who are identified as being crime vulnerable or socially disadvantaged by schools, police, social services and Youth Referral Panels.

The concept is to provide a structured and disciplined programme containing inspirational and adventurous activities. The programme is run by trained and experienced youth leaders and includes high quality role models from within the Cadet Force.

Derian House Children's Hospice...
Based in Chorley, Derian House is a very special place providing day respite and residential care for children with terminal illness and their families. Innovative projects for extending the care support package to siblings and grandparents (the corner stones project) are recognised as groundbreaking nationally. Derian House knows how to live, love and celebrate life when those skills are needed the most. Referrals are accepted from throughout the North West. This year Derian House plans