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As part of a momentous Marketing Cheshire awards evening which celebrated local businesses and individuals, the whole town of Warrington was given a special award for its commitment to inclusion.
The awards evening, which took place this year at the Halliwell Jones stadium, celebrated achievements and contributions by a number of key organisations across Cheshire, with a particular focus on partners who have supported the county’s thriving visitor economy.
And, to end the awards evening, in a move kept under wraps until the night, the whole town of Warrington was given the Special Recognition Award for its contribution and commitment to inclusion.
Examples cited by the judging panel included the outstanding work of Warrington Disability Partnership - particularly the annual Disability Awareness Day – and the pioneering Physical Disability Rugby League World Cup tournament supported by the council and Warrington Wolves Foundation, which Warrington hosted late last year as part of the Rugby League World Cup.
These examples, alongside recognition of the Foodbank Weekends at Gulliver’s World, LiveWire’s commitment to dementia-friendly buildings and services, and the RunThrough Foundation’s Warrington Running Festival, were key highlights raised by the judges.
Representing Warrington at the awards, Cabinet member for leisure and community, Cllr Tony Higgins, said: “For Warrington to be recognised across the county as a place of inclusivity, is recognition of the amazing commitment our partners and people collectively show day in, day out, to make Warrington a place where everyone matters.
“I want to thank in particular our charity and voluntary partners for their tireless and excellent work to champion inclusivity.
“I am incredibly proud of our communities and this special award is continued validation that we are making excellent progress in Warrington to embed inclusivity across leisure and tourism.”
The Special Recognition Award will be hosted in Warrington Town Hall.