St Helens charity wins £1,000 Vodafone grant

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A St Helens charity is celebrating after securing a £1,000 grant from Vodafone UK.

Sam’s Diamonds collected the Vodafone Community Connection Award after staff in its St Helens store chose the deserving cause.

Sam’s Diamonds, run by Samantha Lewis, was set up in 2014 after she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

The charity provides a friendly support group for women suffering with cancer and helps them to keep control of their lives, whilst enjoying each day to the full.

Thanks to the £1,000 award, the charity will continue to offer a friendly support group for women living with cancer.

The charity runs everything from exercise and sporting events to socials and cancer rehabilitation groups – helping women build confidence and self-esteem.

Samantha Lewis, founder and chief executive of Sam’s Diamonds, entered the charity for the award.

She said: “We have women from all over the Northwest area in need of support - Sam's Diamonds provides help for them and their families during their journey.

“A big thank you to Vodafone for donating such a fabulous amount, we really do appreciate the support and the donation couldn’t have come at a better time for us!”

Vodafone’s Community Connection Awards, launched in 2014, have already made a difference to more than 60 local communities across the UK.

Selected by local Vodafone staff and aimed at supporting local causes, the awards have been used to help support everything from new equipment for soup kitchens and day centres for the elderly to helping people with disabilities to take part in sporting activities.

Maxime Kelly, Vodafone Store Manager in St Helens, said: “We are thrilled that we’re able to give our Community Connection Award to Sam’s Diamonds, they play a huge part in helping so many women fight cancer.

“Thanks to them, these women have the extra support they need at such a difficult and

frightening time – they couldn’t be a more worthy and deserving winner.”