01.07.2016 - Isle of Ely Rowing Club Bag Gold

For the past 6 weeks, Mick George Ltd has been running its ‘Bag of Gold’ competition in partnership with the Cambridge News, providing local sports clubs and community groups the chance to win £1,000.

An abundance of applications were proposed before a shortlist of the 20 most deserving cases were put forward to the voting stage. In excess of 1,500 votes were submitted ahead of the eventual winner being selected based on the most votes received.

The winner came from the sports category, in the form of the Isle of Ely Rowing Club who received fantastic support and was a clear cut winner.

Lynda Haynes, Fundraiser at Isle of Ely Rowing Club said:
‘’The Isle of Ely Rowing Club is absolutely delighted to have won the Mick George ‘Bag of Gold’ competition. We are a small Community Amateur Sports Club with members ranging from those wanting a weekend paddle to budding athletes aged between 12 and 80.

The club desperately needs to provide adequate facilities for changing and welfare by replacing our existing dilapidated porta cabins. We are self-funding and have raised just enough money to purchase a larger second hand building, but it’s an empty shell and this money will help us enormously towards fitting it out with much needed toilets, changing rooms, a shower and a kitchen. Rowing is an all-year round sport and it is vital for us to be able to provide a warm dry environment if our members are affected by cold and adverse weather conditions.

“We would like to express our sincere thanks to Mick George Ltd and Cambridge News for running the competition and generously supporting community projects and local sports clubs such as ours.’’

Jon Stump, Finance Director at Mick George Ltd commented: ‘’It was fantastic to see the community embrace the ‘Bag of Gold’ competition, the support that the various groups received was overwhelming. This is the first time that we have run the competition in partnership with the Cambridge News and it’s clear to see by the vast number of entries just how important this support can be for the development of each nomination.’’

Stump continued: ‘’We are increasingly active within the Cambridgeshire area supporting activities, individuals, clubs and charities at all levels from grass roots to professional outfits. The Mick George ‘Bag of Gold’ competition provides a little more insight to what the community really care about and are involved in within their daily lives. The £1,000 prize fund will undoubtedly make a real difference, and should help build to a brighter future. We are proud of our community initiatives and look forward to any forthcoming engagement.’’

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