The event celebrated Merseyside's communities; the charities, voluntary groups, community leaders, social businesses, funders, supporters, volunteers and philanthropists.
Earlier this month Cherie paid a visit to Endeavour Housing Association in Middlesbrough, a development that delivers housing and support for up to 26 women with complex needs and those fleeing domestic violence. She took a tour and visited one of the flats and heard from tenants and representatives from Endeavour Housing and domestic abuse charity Harbour Support Services. She then unveiled a plaque before she and the guests gathered in Harbour's communal area for speeches.
The scheme, which also includes a number of eco features, was developed to replace previous Endeavour owned services that were operating out of ageing and unsuitable buildings in central Middlesbrough. While living at the new refuge women receive support from Harbour staff, with practical tasks also like finding permanent accommodation. The children living in the refuge are also supported as they often carry with them the effects of witnessing the abuse.
Cherie then travelled to Liverpool to attend the Community Foundation for Merseyside's Spirit of Merseyside Awards Dinner where she presented the award to Pioneering Philanthropist of the Year; Members of Merseyside 100.
Cherie spoke on the Community Foundation's role in Merseyside, recognising their donors and funding partners and their impact on the local community and voluntary sector, and launching the North West Philanthropy Fellowship. The event celebrated Merseyside's communities; the charities, voluntary groups, community leaders, social businesses, funders, supporters, volunteers and philanthropists. All of these groups work together each year with the Community Foundation to improve local people's lives and ensure Merseyside's communities are united, thriving and prosperous.
"Despite the difficult economic climate in the country, the spirit of Merseyside shows that the sense of identity which built magnificent buildings like St George's Hall still thrives in the passion and commitment of our people, community groups and companies in using the community foundation to promote philanthropy in all its guises." - Cherie Blair.