Nominate your favourite charity for them to be in with a chance of getting up to a £5,000 donation

Sheffield Mutual Friendly Society has begun the nomination process for its annual charity award.

Since being launched in 2017, the popularity and interest in the award has grown continually, and this year is expected to be the most popular to date.

Every year Sheffield Mutual asks its members and the public to nominate their favourite charities. The nominated charities are shortlisted to a final ten by the charity team, and it then goes to a public vote.

This allows the charities to gain votes from their supporters and increase their chances of getting a donation. The top three charities are awarded the following donation amounts. The first place receives £5,000, the second place receives £1,500, and the third-place receives £1,000.

Nominations close on June 30, 2022. The top ten will be announced, and voting begins after. Charities will have until October 31 2022 to get as many votes as possible before voting closes.

The winners from 2021 were Raven’s Rescue, Abbie’s Amry and Rush House.

Sarah Price, from Raven’s Rescue, said: “This is amazing, and we cannot thank you enough! We recently took in two puppies that need urgent medical treatment, and the Sheffield Mutual award will improve their quality of life and help towards vet treatments for some of our other rescues too.”

 If you wish to nominate a charity or find out more: https://tinyurl.com/3sxrat8d

 

Special Dogs saving lives for 30 years 

Sheffield-based Support Dogs has been training life-changing dogs for adults and children with autism, epilepsy and several serious medical conditions since 1992.

Support Dogs is the only charity in the UK to train seizure alert dogs for people with epilepsy. The dogs can provide a 100 per cent reliable, up to 55-minute warning before the onset of an epileptic seizure. This enables the client to find safety and be in control of their seizure, allowing for a much more independent life.

It also trains dogs to work with children with autism and people with medical conditions and physical disabilities such as arthritis, paraplegia, MS and cerebral palsy.

The care provided by support dogs is estimated to save the NHS £19million a year, and as well as transforming human lives, Support Dogs, prides itself on being a charity that gives unwanted pets or dogs from rescue centres a second chance.

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic leading to longer waits for its services and a drop in income, 2022 Support Dogs is looking to expand to provide more help for more desperate families.

It receives no government funding to fund its work but relies entirely on the public’s generosity through donations and fundraising, from abseils to skydives and sponsored challenges, from dogs and doughnut days to corporate events and sponsorship.

To find out more about the charity and how to support it go to www.supportdogs.org.uk.