Northamptonshire Skip of Gold Winners 2018
For the past two months, Mick George Ltd has been running its ‘Skip of Gold’ competition in Northamptonshire, providing local sports clubs and community groups the chance to win £1,000.
Over 100 applications were proposed before a shortlist of the 43 most deserving cases were put forward to the voting stage. In excess of 1,500 votes were submitted ahead of the eventual winners being selected based on the most votes received.
In what is usually a closely contested battle was this time won in convincing fashion, with more than 8% separating the top three positions. Congratulations to Daddy’s with Angels for scooping the second Northamptonshire ‘Skip of Gold’ accolade. The group managed to edge out Desborough in Bloom who were worthy runners-up, while third position was secured by Northants Elite Basketball Club Titans.
Daddy’s with Angels is an organisation that started back in 2010 aimed at relieving the suffering and emotional distress amongst those suffering bereavement, in particular, but not exclusive to male family members following the loss of a child.
The funds will be utilised to purchase materials for the groups ‘Hand made with love baby angels’ project. The scheme will recycle wedding, prom and similar garments, transformed in to burial gowns, sleeping bags and wraps for stillborn and early gestation born babies. The volunteer led initiative will also see cribs, hats, booties blankets and keepsakes created.
Paul Scully-Sloan, Director of Daddy’s with Angels said: "We would firstly like to thank Mick George Ltd for reaching out into the community and offering their support by way of this competition. As a small charity we do not attract much financial support so wining this completion means a great deal to us, not only in terms of the prize fund, but also the Public getting behind us by voting.’’
Scully-Sloan continued: ‘’Our vision is to reach out and support more families following the loss of their child (of any age or gestation and by any cause or reason)."
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 Northamptonshire 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 Northamptonshire 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.’’