The Plough was thrilled to be the only organisation to be selected two years in a row for the national Achates Philanthropy Award shortlist alongside such amazing national treasures as The Old Vic, and Northern Ballet.
The award goes to the individuals and businesses that make a first time donation to the arts and the organisation they support wins a prize of £5.000. Last year The Plough Arts Centre won after nominating Claire and Ray Gard and as a result set up the Achates-Gard bursary. This fund supports young people in hardship with a subscription to attend youth theatre.
Nigel and Lindsey Timms, who love attending The Plough, decided to support a child by donating £200 a year to the bursary this year and every year for the coming six years. Their wonderful generosity was recognised in this year’s awards as their names were cited in the nominations.
The winners this year were John Gillam and Mary Winch, a couple supporting The Ministry of Stories – an East London based charity that helps champion the writer in every child, whatever their background . Claire and Ray were invited back to judge this year.
Claire commented “ It was an amazing heartfelt entry that won, a great story and well deserved, but The Plough came close too!”