CHARITY champions from across Bolton have been feted for their selflessness by volunteer bosses.

Bolton CVS showcased the contributions of a number of outstanding organisations as part of Local Charities Day.

And among those lauded was Beacon Counselling Services, which was presented with the Queen's Award for volunteering earlier this year.

Others to be congratulated included Bolton Mutual Aid and Bag the Bug - an organisation which started with the concept of creating free uniform bags for healthcare staff.

The Bolton-based charity, Trust Music, also joined in the celebrations with some festive tunes to close the event.

Rob Bakewell, grassroots development officer at Bolton CVS said: "We can never underestimate the importance of celebrating and shining the light on local charities and the wonderful support they offer day-in-day-out to people across the borough.

"This year we’ve seen a tremendous amount of innovation as individuals and voluntary organisations adapt their services to people’s needs as the effects of the pandemic have continued to unravel.

"As Grassroots development worker at Bolton CVS, I get to see first-hand the multitude of new initiatives set up by individuals and organisations around Bolton.

"The innovation, creativity and determination to make a difference never ceases to amaze me.

"This year alone I’ve worked alongside more than 100 individuals and organisations wanting to set up something new in a bid to help others, many of whose lives in some way would be that bit more difficult without the support these organisations offer.”

Those thinking of setting up an initiative which helps people in the community, are urged to contact Bolton CVS.

Officers say the organisation offers support and guidance in a range of areas including funding, governance and policies as well as relevant training, and event and group promotion.

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