Comline sponsors Bedfordshire Local Heroes award

(l-r) Nick Weir, Comline; Richard Brown, Andrea Badman, and Sarah Broughton, of Bedford Foodbank

Comline Auto Parts (Comline) sponsored the Charity of the Year award, at the Local Heroes Awards, hosted by the Bedfordshire on Sunday. The ceremony, held at Bedford Blues Rugby Club, honoured ordinary people who have achieved extraordinary accomplishments within the Bedfordshire community. The winner of the 2017 Bedfordshire Local Heroes Charity of the Year was named as Bedford Foodbank.

The organisation, founded in 2011 by Sarah Broughton, provides three days’ worth of emergency food to people and families that need it most and offers exceptional support to individuals in crisis situations.

Editor of the Bedfordshire on Sunday, Sarah Cox, thanked Comline for pledging its o support: “We were thrilled to celebrate such a successful evening, honouring Bedfordshire’s local heroes with staff from Comline. Without the support of fantastic Bedfordshire businesses, such as Comline, this event could simply not have happened.

“As sponsor of the Charity of the Year award, Comline has helped us highlight the work of an organisation which provides vital support to families in their hour of need.

“And, as a former Bedfordshire on Sunday Business award winner, we are delighted to see this global firm extend its reach both abroad and right here in the local community.”

Comline, based in Luton, Bedfordshire, was also part of the judging panel for the award, and with more than 100 applicants to consider it was an extremely tough task for the judges. Narrowing down the candidates to choose the eventual winner from a group of such amazing charities proved a challenging and unenviable task.

Comline marketing and communications manager, Leigh Davies, said everyone associated with the distributor of European, Japanese and Korean replacement vehicle parts was delighted for Bedford Foodbank, and thrilled that Comline could help honour charities that are making a real difference to those living in Bedfordshire: “We are hugely proud of our status as Bedfordshire’s Large Business of the Year and delighted to have had this opportunity to give something back to our local community through sponsorship of the Local Heroes Awards.

“It’s great to see Bedford Foodbank walk away as winners of our sponsored Charity of the Year award. Its provision of basic, but vital, life essentials has already helped so many individuals and families in Bedfordshire, and the charity richly deserves this recognition.”

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