Local fundraisers have been recognised by staff at Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust. Each year the Trust holds a staff awards ceremony called Our Stars. This year a new category was created to recognise local charities and individuals who fundraise tirelessly for the Trust’s hospitals in Scunthorpe, Grimsby and Goole and community services. The criteria for the Charity Champion award was ‘This award recognises the wonderful contribution that our charity fundraisers make. They raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for the Trust’s charitable funds, the Health Tree Foundation, which makes a huge difference to the working lives of staff and patient care.’ The Cleethorpes Cancer Support Group and Cardiac Rehabilitiation Interest Group (CRIG) in Scunthorpe have both been shortlisted as finalists. Tony Carter, a recently retired porter at Scunthorpe hospital, also made it onto the shortlist. Cleethorpes Cancer Support Group have donated over £100,000 towards cancer services at the Trust in the last year alone. Over the last 35 years the team at the shop in Seaview Street have raised over £700,000 to help patients in the local area. Up until a few years ago they raised their funds for a national charity but became independent and have since dedicated all their fundraising to Grimsby hospital. Their biggest fundraising achievement to date was £76,000 for urology for specialist equipment. The Cardiac Rehabilitation Interest Group (CRIG) fundraises to support people with heart conditions in the local area, often buying equipment for Scunthorpe hospital. They grew from a group of patients who wanted to give back and support the unit. They have enabled cardio respiratory department to buy more equipment and also offer patients a strong and supportive community. Tony Carter has arranged annual charitable shows at the Robert Holme Hall Club for more than 10 years. The proceeds raised have gone towards various wards at the hospital including ICU, NICU, A&E, CCU, and charities including Macmillan. His nominator said: “On a personal matter Tony did a show which raised funds for my three grandchildren as a result of the death of our only child at a young age. Tony is a one-in-a-million kind-hearted man who goes out of his way to help all and so I think he deserves recognition for his efforts.” The winner will be revealed alongside nine other awards at Our Stars 2016 at the Forest Pines Hotel and Golf Resort on October 7.