Friday 20th February saw us celebrate our 25th birthday, sponsored by Metronet UK and what a great night it was!

Awards went to five special individuals who have helped Forever Manchester and the communities of Greater Manchester.

Award winners:

Fundraiser of the Year

Andrew Trott-Barn, is the creator of Forever Manchester’s biggest event, The Mirror Ball. As well as this Andrew has started its sister event, the Halloween Spooktacular. Together these events raised £73,065 in 2014 alone, with 2015’s Mirror Ball coming up in a couple of weeks and already sold out.

Inspirational Community Group Award

Fix It UK, works with 14-25 year olds in the Wigan area. Their aim is to improve the life chances, career choices and opportunities of young people who prefer to learn by doing things. They offer life skills and car mechanic training, eventually giving them a Motor Industry recognised qualification.

Captain Manchester Award

Dave Foran is a Forever Manchester Ambassador who, in 2014 created the Forever Manchester beer. Dave set up Manchester Radio Online, a radio station established to provide a platform for ordinary people to host their own radio shows, which at the same time offers help and support. Dave has also been involved in key things with Forever Manchester including bringing Captain Manchester to life, launching the Backwards Run and helping at the charity auction at the Corn Exchange last year

Corporate Supporter of the Year Award

CDL. CDL supported Forever Manchester in various ways throughout 2014. They are a Manchester Million supporter, have sponsored the Inspirational Community Group Award, took part in Caketober and they also have a fund with Forever Manchester to support community groups in Stockport.

Forever Manchester’s Lifetime Achievement Award

Harry Alldritt from Middleton has been involved with Forever Manchester for over a decade and been an active volunteer in his local community for far longer making him something of a local celebrity.

His selflessness and determination to put others before himself is evidenced in the many activities that he has either started himself or worked with others to deliver. Activities include training first aid to local scout groups, hosting activity sessions for older people and working with the local fire service to collect toys at Christmas time to replace children’s toys destroyed by fire.

There’s also now a new edition to Ward 76 at the Manchester Children’s Hospital thanks to the dedication of this individual and his determination to give something back to the community.

He spent over 800 hours over 6 months putting together a working model railway layout for the children to use to make their stay in hospital a more positive experience. As a result, more than 32,500 young people are now set to benefit from the layout each year.

More recently he has spearheaded a campaign to set up a friends group of a local unmanned train station which again with his drive and passion has motivated local volunteers to get involved to make this station a brighter and safer place.

As well as doing all this for his community, he still goes out of his way to support us, here at Forever Manchester.

From sitting on grant panels, hosting meetings, to spending many a night stuffing thousands of envelopes with our newsletters.

He has even helped Forever Manchester to move offices on more than one occasion. He lives and breathes his community, his passion is simply meeting new people and helping others. He spends approximately 50 hours a week voluntarily helping his local community.

Nick Massey, Chief Exec said: “I am very proud to have celebrated 25 years of Forever Manchester at The Midland Hotel, the place where Mr Rolls met Mr Royce and a real iconic building of Manchester.

“Forever Manchester is all about celebrating what’s strong, not what’s wrong, and I think the evening really reflected this. It was great to have so many people as passionate about this charity as we are in one room. Here’s to the next 25 years!”

A great night was had by all on the night and we’d like to thank everyone involved on the night, whether you attended, or helped to make the night the success it was, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for making our Silver Anniversary so special.

Our Twitter feed has never been so busy with our supporters thanking us for our work and supporting what we do here at Forever Manchester. It was a real honour to be involved.

Here’s to the next 25 years!

With thanks to:

Metronet UK, Havas Lynx, KYOCERA Document Solutions, MMU’s iHSSR faculty, CDL, Brooks MacDonald, Vista Employer Services Ltd., Kellogg’s, Weber Shandwick, Beever and Struthers, Voicescape, Online Ventures Group and Motion Digital.