Community Trust Win ‘Not for Profit Business of the Year’ award

Accrington Stanley Community Trust won the ‘Not for Profit’ award at last night’s Hyndburn Awards.

The awards were held at the town hall in Accrington and were attended by over 270 local people. A number of members from the Trust attended and accepted the award. The Trust beat off stiff competition from Advocacy Focus, Carers Link Lancashire and the Civic Arts centre and Theatre.

Left to Right: David Keeley, Sarah Hunt, Lee Walsh, Martin Fearon, David Burgess, Shahid Mahmood, Robert Houseman. Photo Credit – Liz Henson Photography

Martin Fearon, CEO of the Trust commented ‘It’s an amazing honour to win this award and we would like to thank everyone involved. It’s brilliant to see that the community value what we are doing here at the Trust as we take pride in providing opportunities for the local community. This is the second time in three years we have won this award, it’s great to know that the community recognise our consistent delivery of community projects in the local area’.

In just seven years, the Community Trust has raised over £2million and with this has been able to develop and deliver a varied repertoire of projects and programmes, successfully engaging a staggering 15,000 people in the last 12 months across the areas of Hyndburn, the Ribble Valley and Rossendale.

Investing in frontline provision across our four key themes; sport participation, health, social inclusion and education, the charity has enjoyed unprecedented growth in all areas.

Accrington Stanley Community Trust now employs 10 full time individuals from the local area, with a further 10 part time staff members.