debbie&andrew’s community micro sponsorship scheme has been recognised as one of the top three rural action awards by Business in the Community. The Samworth Rural Action category aims to recognise businesses that positively and actively engage with communities to support rural areas.
The judges selected debbie&andrew’s alongside the NFU Mutual and Westons Cider as offering the top rural community support projects for 2016. debbie&andrew’s community micro sponsorship scheme focuses on small projects that do not normally attract funds and for whom even a ‘micro’ award can make a major difference. The scheme provides ‘bangers&cash’ to people who are fundraising for a good local community cause. It could be in support of the village fete, a country fair, an open day at a local farm, a school project or a local support network. Any activity that includes the community and brings country values to life or supports rural skills or activities can apply.
Examples of projects that have received a community micro sponsorship award includes a Yarn Bombing for Rowdeford School; the Suffolk Young Farmers’ Country Fair, music festivals in Maldon; Surrey and Llanwyddn; an Oxford and Cambridge Goat Race; the Mascot Gold Cup; The Addington Fund supporting farmers through crisis and a May Day Breakfast in aid of a local education trust. All the activities were given either cash and/or sausages plus support in promoting their event.
Driven by the charity Business in the Community (BITC) part of HRH The Prince of Wales’ Responsible Business Network, the 2016 Responsible Business Awards celebrate inspiring examples of businesses that are making a significant difference by taking action to improve their local communities, create more inclusive workplaces and tackle environmental challenges. The award ceremony was held at the 02 arena on Monday 11th July.