Bringing the spirit of Christmas to Business Awards
We have won a public vote to be crowned Charity of the Night at the first Caerphilly Business Club awards. In the spirit of Christmas however, all the money raised in our name was donated to the runners up, The Toybox project.
Citizens Advice Caerphilly Blaenau Gwent won Charity of the Night following a public Twitter vote. We were also shortlisted for the Medium Business of the Year award but narrowly missed out to Fusion Occupational Health.
The Caerphilly Business Club, formerly the Caerphilly Business Forum, held their first awards ceremony on Friday, November 26th, to celebrate the contribution the business community makes in Caerphilly and further afield.
During the awards event, local businesses donated money in envelopes to the Charity of the Night. Mostyn Davies, our Chair of the Trustee Board, and Simon agreed that all money raised should go to runners-up The Toybox.
Mostyn said: “Many of the people that The Toybox project helps, have or are receiving advice from us. With Christmas around the corner, we felt it would be fitting to donate the money raised to the charity.”
James Morgan, Founder of TheToybox project, was unable to attend the awards himself, so didn’t know about the £1,000 donation when he congratulated us via Twitter, saying: “You came out a length ahead. Worthy winners for sure!” It was two days later when the news trickled down to James.
Taking to Twitter again, the father-of-three said: “A little birdie told me that you won the Twitter poll. And they also said that you kindly donated £1,000 to us. We are overwhelmed by your kind gestures. This money will go towards the Toybox Shop initiative which we will be launching in the New Year.
“We are beyond grateful for the Christmas gesture. Every penny will be spent on making the individual boxes, which are tailored to age and the specific needs of the child. So many disadvantaged children are set to benefit thanks to your generosity,”
Our Chief Executive Simon Ellington said winning the public Twitter vote recognises the impact the Citizens Advice has had on the local community. Since April this year our paid and unpaid staff have helped almost 4,000 people from across Caerphilly and Blaenau Gwent, to solve more than 17,000 problems and increase household incomes in excess of £1.5million.
“Research shows that people who receive welfare benefits tend to spend very locally. Many of the small to medium businesses who were shortlisted for the awards will have shared the benefits of the work that we do. In the past 12 months we have increased our paid workforce, creating more than 50 new jobs, many of whom live in and around Caerphilly and Blaenau Gwent. The work we do not only benefits the local economy, it improves the well-being of future generations.”
Simon added: “I would personally like to thank all the staff and volunteers at CACBG for going the extra mile each and everyday to ensure that we continue to deliver advice in the heart of local communities.”