Grays’ woman Cheryl lauded for "Remember My Baby" campaign

GRAYS’ Cheryl Johnson is a Halifax Giving Extra Award winner. Cheryl is one of 66 local winners from across the UK. She has been recognised by the local panel of the Halifax Giving Extra Awards for co-founding Remember My Baby – a charity which provides free remembrance photography for babies who lose their life just before, during or after birth.

Now in its third year, the Halifax Giving Extra Awards reward people who bring communities together and help them thrive. Charity fundraisers, sports coaches, community volunteers and many more have been recognised for the contribution they make. The Awards are an important part of Lloyds Banking Group’s ambition to help Britain prosper.

Nominated by a number of parents, volunteers and midwives, Cheryl has gone above and beyond for the people in her community.

Cheryl gave up her own successful photography career to devote her time to Remember My Baby – offering her support, skill and comfort to grieving families. Cheryl’s photographs have helped countless families during the agony of the grieving process.

Cheryl said: "Winning a Halifax Giving Extra Award means a huge amount. Mainly because it will hopefully help raise the profile of Remember My Baby, and offer our support to more families.”

Gemma Trimmer, Community Ambassador for Halifax South Essex, commented: “The work that Cheryl has done for the community is outstanding and truly deserves this recognition. She has truly gone the extra mile for people in our community – and we are delighted to recognise this.”

The 66 local Halifax Giving Extra Award winners will each receive £300 in Supercheque vouchers. Each one of the 66 local winners will then be put forward to be chosen as one of our seven regional winners. Regional winners will be announced by the end of February and will each receive £5,000 to make a further difference in their community.

Russell Galley, Group Director, Halifax Community Bank, said: “Halifax is committed to bringing communities closer together. We believe we should give extra back to people like Cheryl who are pivotal to driving positive and lasting change. We’re proud that Cheryl is one of our Halifax Giving Extra Award winners.”

Halifax received thousands of nominations from across the country for this year’s Giving Extra Award. These ranged from:

· inspiring individuals who have founded charities and foundations, as well as those who regularly go above and beyond to raise money for charitable causes

· those who go the extra mile and give a huge amount of time and effort to improve their community – opening centres for local people to enjoy, helping coach youth teams or running social clubs

· as well as people who lend their support to the vulnerable and those in need, organising food banks, companionship for the elderly and isolated or support groups offering counselling or practical advice

Nominations for the Halifax Giving Extra Awards, in association with Global’s Capital and Heart brands, were made online or in Halifax branches throughout October and November 2015, and judging took place in January 2016. www.halifax.co.uk/givingextraawards #GivingExtraBack.

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