Leicester Mums - Skip of Gold Winners
For the past two months, Mick George Ltd has been running its ‘Skip of Gold’ competition in Leicestershire, providing local sports clubs and community groups the chance to win £1,000.
Over 100 applications were proposed before a shortlist of the 27 most deserving cases were put forward to the voting stage. In excess of 1,700 votes were submitted ahead of the eventual winners being selected based on the most votes received.
It was certainly a closely contested battle, with less than 2% separating the top three positions. Congratulations to Leicester Mums for scooping the second Leicestershire ‘Skip of Gold’ accolade. The group managed to edge out Friends of St. Botolphs who were worthy runners-up, while third position was secured by Help the Homeless Leicester.
Leicester Mums is a community support group that was set up back in 2015 and currently helps over 4,000 mums in the City. Through a series meetings and events which both children and parents are welcome to attend, from play groups to large fun days, the group presents social opportunities for interaction, as well as the chance to discuss or seek advice where necessary.
Layla Aldridge, Founder of Leicester Mums said: "I applied to the Mick George Skip of Gold competitions to hopefully gain some much-needed funding for our groups to survive. As a non-profit community group, it has been a struggle for the past 3 years to keep the groups above water with the amount of costs involved.
Aldridge continued: ‘’Thankfully with this funding we can now use it to buy better equipment for the children, pay venue costs to run the groups and to spread our groups further around Leicester for other mums in different areas to enjoy. The funding will also be used to raise further awareness of our community support group so other mums can access it."
Jon Stump, Finance Director at Mick George Ltd: ‘’It was fantastic to see the community embrace the Skip of Gold competition, the support that the various groups received was overwhelming. This is the second time that we have run the competition in Leicestershire 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 Leicestershire area supporting activities, individuals, clubs and charities at all levels. The Mick George Skip 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.’’