TWO Winsford charities have been presented with donations raised by Over Allotments Association.

The Over Allotments Association selects two local charities each year to raise funds for throughout the year.

For 2017, members chose St Luke’s Hospice and Changing Lives in Cheshire (CLiC) as the charity partners and raised £800 to be split between the two.

Mike Allen, chair of the Association, said: “It is a pleasure to have raised so much from our fund-raising events that we’ve been able to present each charity with a cheque for £400.”

St Luke’s community partnerships fundraiser, Vickie Baddeley, thanked the Allotments Association and the Winsford community.

Vickie said: “£400 will almost provide 24 hours of one-to-one end-of-life care, providing specialist care and pain relief to ensure patients are as comfortable as possible.

“We are overwhelmed at the generosity of the people of Winsford. We have received wonderful support from the local community and Over Allotments Association who have helped to raise a fantastic amount for the Hospice.”

Changing Lives in Cheshire, based on Winsford Industrial Estate, helped more than 3,000 Cheshire families last year.

Gary Cliffe, CEO of CLiC, said: “We often feel what we do here at CLiC is not really known, or the valuable work we do with local people is not really understood, even by our local community, so it is especially pleasing to receive this recognition.

“£400 will go towards a cleaner that will ensure we can clean items more efficiently. Not only does it mean people will have nicer items for their home, but we also are able to provide valuable work experience placements to help give a sense of self-worth and confidence, which is often lacking in the individuals we support.”