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FOUR North West health charities are among this year’s eight winners of GlaxoSmithKline IMPACT Awards.

Run in partnership with The King’s Fund, the awards provide all winners with £25,000 to help develop their organisations.

Katie Pinnock, director, UK Corporate Contributions at GSK, said: ‘For fifteen years, the IMPACT Awards have been rewarding innovative charities that transform people’s lives and over £4 million has been awarded. This year’s winners showcase the incredible ways charities can make a difference and why it is so important that we continue to support them.

“Not only will the charities be given important funding to help their work, but the awards have become a badge of excellence for charities in this sector.”

Roll of Honour

Age UK Cheshire East: Promoting older people’s wellbeing, the charity provides services to over 11,000 local people annually, including information and advice, outreach, a long term care hospital discharge placement service, ICT learning, healthy lifestyles, a help at home service, day care for older people with dementia, training, campaigning, three charity shops and opportunities for their 200 volunteers.

Beacon Counselling, Stockport: The charity provides counselling and related services to adults, young people, and children in Greater Manchester. With half of mental illness beginning by the age of 14, the confidence building programme for primary school children is an impressive and important intervention run in conjunction with schools.

Blackburn and Darwen Healthy Living: Focused on improving the health and wellbeing of their local community, BwDHL puts local people at the centre of the design and delivery of their services. These include the innovative mobile gym bus, called the Health Buzz, bringing advice and physical exercise to the deprived neighbourhoods in most need.

Women’s Health Information and Support Centre: The Liverpool-based charity provide an impressive range of services including health workshops; support groups on issues like self harm; one-to-one support to some of the most vulnerable women; and runs an accredited health trainers programme. They have helped over 6,000 people across Liverpool for under £170,000 annually.

Other winners were:

Target Ovarian Cancer

Women’s Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre (Cornwall)

Healthy Valleys (South Lanarkshire)

Hepatitis C Trust