A PROJECT which has helped thousands of Cheshire teenagers to learn how to handle their finances has had a £10,000 boost to its funds.
Debtcred was launched by high sheriffs in England and Wales in 2002 to celebrate The Queen’s Golden Jubilee.
Its aim is to equip young people with basic money management skills.
The cheque was presented by this year’s High Sheriff for Cheshire, Nicholas Bromley-Davenport, to one of his predecessors, Diana McConnell, who is now a trustee of the charity.
Mr Bromley-Davenport, who raised the money at a fundraising ball held at Capesthorne Hall, the family’s historic home, has insisted the money be used to promote the scheme in Cheshire. Debtcred describes the county’s efforts as “a shining example of grass roots success”.
Those backing the project, which sees volunteers visiting schools, include Marks & Spencer Money, Bank of America, the Cheshire Building Society and the University of Chester.
At a ceremony in the university’s students’ union, at which he presented the cheque and announced High Sheriff’s Awards to Debtcred volunteers Jon Poate, Teresa Ivers, Bob Griffiths, Rachael Prandle, Dan Whitelaw, Jacqueline Machado, Jon Timmis and Ian Regan, the high sheriff said: “During my tenure as high sheriff, I have been amazed time and time again how much there is in Cheshire with so many unsung heroes.”