Zinthiya Trust takes flagship award home

Amazing local charities were honoured and £5,000 was handed out.

The Leicestershire Community Champions Awards returned on Thursday, November 18 at the Leicestershire County Cricket Ground.


The ceremony saw The Zinthiya Trust take home the flagship award of Charity of the Year.


The event was set up by the Furnley House Foundation to celebrate the amazing people and organisations who have gone above and beyond to help their local communities.


The Furnley House Foundation is the brainchild of independent financial and mortgage advisory Furnley House. The foundation was created to improve the lives of those less fortunate.


For the awards, the foundation asked people to nominate their local heroes over ten categories including registered charities, community organisations, local businesses, as well as individuals.


Hosted by Lewis Moses, the awards evening was attended by 150 people.

Over £2,500 was raised on the night, which will be split equally between the five Charity of the Year finalists.


The Zinthiya Trust was awarded the title of Charity of the Year, winning a £5,000 grant as well as a share of the proceeds from the next Furnley House Foundation Summer Ball.

Stefan Fura, co-founder of Furnley House and Trustee of the Furnley House Foundation said: "We are delighted that we’re able to raise awareness and support so many local causes as well as celebrating the fantastic individuals and organisation who have really made a difference. Congratulations to all the very deserving finalists and winners.


"Thank you to all our judges and sponsors for their generous support of the Awards and the Furnley House Foundation."


Simon Winfield, Chair of the Furnley House Foundation said: "It is truly inspiring to see the great work undertaken in our local community by so many individuals and organisations.


"The awards go from strength to strength and we look forward to growing them into an even larger event to recognise the Leicester and Leicestershire community in 2022.”


Full list of winners, runners up and sponsors

Charity of the Year – Sponsored by Furnley House

Winner: The Zinthiya Trust

Falcon Support Services

Hope Against Cancer

Leicestershire Action for Mental Health Project

The Rural Community Council for Leicestershire and Rutland


Charity Employee of the Year – Sponsored by Zone Developments

Winner: Louise Wylie - Eyres Monsell Club for Young People

Runners up:

Adam Smith – Help the Homeless Leicester

Sam Howlett - The Rural Community Council for Leicestershire and Rutland


Young Fundraiser of the Year – Sponsored by Mark J Rees

Winner: Toby Taylor

Runners Up:

Abbie Ghent

Ethan Beales


Fundraiser of the Year - Sponsored by Nelsons

Winner: Keanan Bartram

Runners Up:

Darren Bradbury

Tim Pearson


Environmental Project of the Year - Sponsored by Fischer Future Heat

Winner: Leicester Community Benefit Society

Runners Up:

Friends of Thringstone

Leicestershire Litter Wombles


Community Spirit Business Champion - Sponsored by Octopus Energy

Winner: Wigston Fields News and Deli

Runners Up:

Bakers Waste Services Ltd

Spoilt 4 Choice


Community Spirit Individual Champion - Sponsored by Asset Intelligence

Winner: Mezmin Malida

Runners Up:

Eunice Loney

Raj Gill-Harrison


Community Event - Sponsored by Furnley House Mortgages Winner: Lamp’s 5k Around the World Challenge

Runners Up:

Charity Easter Egg Run

RISE Foundation Leicestershire


Community Organisation - Sponsored by She Inspires

Winner: Friends of Thringstone

Runners Up:

Lulus Kitchen

Tiny Whiskers Rodent Rescue


Tracey Miller Achievement Award - Sponsored by The Miller Partnership

Winner: Leela Keshavji

Words by Emily Miller

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