Runcorn charity has image showcased at the House of Commons

17 October 2016

A charity from Halton Brook in Runcorn, Cheshire, had a photo they had taken showcased at the House of Commons after winning a national competition.

People’s Health Trust launched the competition as part of its fifth anniversary celebrations and to mark the launch of its Instagram account.

Shelagh Kearney’s entry was one of 20 photos chosen by an independent panel of judges to be displayed at the Trust’s five-year anniversary event at the House of Commons.

Shelagh is a Community Development Worker at Four Estates Limited, which has been funded by the Trust twice for a total of four years.

Shelagh had the chance to see her photo alongside the other winner’s when she attended the celebration event on Thursday.

The competition was open to anyone who is, or has been, involved in a project funded by the Trust.

Four Estates received £71,310 from People’s Health Trust through two consecutive grants, using money raised by HealthReward through The Health Lottery.

Through the project, older people are making new friends, sharing opinions and taking part in activities that they have chosen.

Shelagh Kearney said: “I was so pleased to be one of the 20 winners of People’s Health Trust’s photo competition, and it was brilliant to see my photo displayed at the House of Commons.

“We’re really grateful to the Trust for funding the Vintage Project, members really enjoy coming and are taking control of the project.”

In the last five years, over £80million has been raised by 51 society lotteries, through The Health Lottery. Over 2,300 projects have been supported, helping more than 400,000 people across Great Britain.

The Trust believes that giving local communities greater control over what happens in their neighbourhood is key to creating new and stronger relationships, improving confidence and a greater sense of belonging.

People’s Health Trust Chief Executive, John Hume, said: “Well done to all of our winners; their photos really capture what is at the heart of their projects.

“We are delighted with the response to our competition. It has been a fantastic way to mark the launch of our Instagram account and help us to celebrate our fifth anniversary.”

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Notes to editors

People's Health Trust is an independent charity investing in local communities to help create a society without health inequalities. It works closely with each Community Interest Company, distributing grants. www.peopleshealthtrust.org.uk

People living in the poorest neighbourhoods in Britain die, on average, seven years younger than people living in the richest neighbourhoods. What’s more, they will spend 17 years more of their shortened lives with an extra disability and have a lower quality of life. We believe that where people live should not unfairly reduce the length or the quality of their lives.

HealthReward is a Community Interest Company committed to raising money to address health inequalities in Cheshire East, West, Warrington, Chester, Halton. www.HealthRewardcic.co.uk

The Health Lottery is operated for and on behalf of 51 Community Interest Companies across England, Scotland and Wales, all holding society lottery licenses granted by the Gambling Commission. www.healthlottery.co.uk

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