Widnes and Runcorn Cancer Support Group is housing trust's charity of the year

Runcorn and Widnes World: Nick Atkin, chief executive of Halton Housiing Trust Nick Atkin, chief executive of Halton Housiing Trust

Widnes and Runcorn Cancer Support has been chosen as Halton Housing Trust’s nominated charity for the next year.

It was set up in 1992 to help cancer patients and their families.

Karen Peters, the centre’s operations coordinator said: “We are delighted to have been selected. As a local charity ourselves it feels incredibly positive to be supported by another organisation so central to the Halton community.

“We would like to thank the employees who gave us their vote and say how much we are looking forward to working together and building positive relationships together, not just this year, but for the future.”

The charity strives to provide support and services to the people of Halton who are living with or who have been touched by Cancer to extend those services to carers and also to provide information and advice about cancer for the people of Halton.

Vikki Mack, who leads on the trust’s charitable work said: “We are really looking forward to working with the Widnes and Runcorn Cancer charity. We will be meeting very soon to discuss potential projects. There are many ways that we can work together, not only through fundraising, but also by offering help and support”.

More than 140 employees voted from a shortlist of good causes to make the Widnes and Runcorn Cancer charity their partner for 2014-15.

Other charities that have benefitted in previous years include Norton Priory, Citizens Advice Bureau, Carbon Monoxide Awareness, Halton Haven and most recently, Alzheimer’s Society.

Trust chief executive Nick Atkin, said: “It will be great working with the Widnes and Runcorn Cancer charity. We already have lots of ideas of how we can make the most of the year ahead to support them, such as employees participating in the Warrington half marathon later in the year.

“We have thoroughly enjoyed working with and supporting the Alzheimer’s society and wish them well for the future”.

Bethan Wood, corporate fundraiser from the Alzheimer's Society said: “The support that everyone at Halton Housing Trust has shown Alzheimer's Society over the past year has been fantastic. We are delighted to have been able to start two new Singing for the Brain groups, which really benefit people living with dementia in the local community. A huge thank you to everyone who got involved.”

The Trust has supported nominated charities since it formed in 2005 and has contributed the equivalent of over £200,000 over the last nine years to good causes.

Working with the Alzheimer’s Society over the past year has brought a wealth of activity participation from the employees at the trust, from coffee mornings, half marathons, and gliding the zip wire from the Silver Jubilee Bridge. Employees have also benefitted from dementia awareness sessions to help them identify the signs of Alzheimer’s and to be able to direct them towards the charity.

For more details about the charity, visit widnesandruncorncancersupport.org.uk.

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