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Community Hero Award – Bella McKinney

Bella McKinney – Community Hero

The seventh of our Cat Community Hero Awards has been presented to Bella McKinney.

Bella has recently completed her own 2.6 challenge in support of The Wingate Centre and has raised £1,780 and was recently interviewed about the challenge by Chris Cadman on The Purfect Afternoon.

The Wingate Special Children’s Trust is an independent charity devoted to enriching the lives of children and young people with all levels of physical and learning disability or who are disadvantaged. Based at the Wingate Centre near Nantwich. It’s also where Bella goes to gymnastics, so it is special to her family too.

Bella’s mum, Jane McKinney told us “Bella decided she’d like to do a different challenge each day, and to do it for 26 days, they weren’t the easiest of challenges, ranging from gymnastics skills like back flips and cartwheels to shooting netball hoops, along with a 2.6km run.

“Bella also learnt the Makaton signs to ‘a Million dreams’. We are so proud of her determination to do each of these challenges. Each day she’s so excited to do one and like to check in on the total she has raised. As well as the challenge she’s been doing 26 random acts of kindness, including a foodbank parcel and some cakes delivered to our local hospital key workers.

“We have been absolutely blown away by people’s kindness and generosity! Whether it be donating, sharing or commenting with words of encouragement. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts, it really does mean the world to us all.”

Well done Bella, from all the team at The Cat, we are awarding you one of our Community Hero Awards and will be delivering a special Cat Cake, Baked by Gill (Facebook), which we hope you enjoy.

Chris Cadman, Managing Director, The Cat

Chris Cadman, Managing Director, The Cat community radio said: “The Cat 107.9 FM continues to find ways to help and inform the community during the Coronavirus crisis.

“The Community Hero Award recognises people who are going the extra mile to help the community and whose efforts help lift people’s spirits.

“It is fantastic and heart-warming to recognise local people and their efforts and to say a big thank you.”

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Previous Community Hero Awards have been presented to;

Nadiah Mckeown
Tim Bowker
William Smith
Olly Robinson
James Yates
Dean Burrows

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