Meadow Well Connected were given a Garfield Weston Award in 2021 which enabled us to take part in a Pilotlight Project to strengthen and develop our organisation.

Pilotlight transforms the lives of disadvantaged people in the UK by offering charities and social enterprises access to the strategic business support they need to become more efficient, effective and sustainable. They do this by harnessing and matching the talents of their members - Pilotlighters – to charities.

We were supported by a brilliant Pilotlight Project Manager, Katie Berwick, who made sure we achieved the best outcomes from the Pilotlight Process.

We were very happy with the way the project went and it helped us identify new ways of connecting with our community and other stakeholders whilst also ensuring that our new Strategic Business Plan was fit for purpose. 

On 7th October, we were delighted to be invited to attend the Award Celebration Event at Fortnum & Mason in London to meet representatives of the Garfield Weston Foundation, Pilotlight and other charities who had benefitted from an award.

The event included an inspiring speech from gold medal winning paralympian, Megan Giglia. Megan told her amazing story of how having suffered an acute brain haemorrhage at the age of 27 she went on to be selected for Team GB's Rio Paralympics where she won the first gold medal and went on to smash the world record for track cycling in her class.

The Winner's Celebration Event was attended by our Chief Executive, Mandi Cresswell and our Vice Chair, Margie Burdis who were treated to a delicious afternoon tea in Fortnum and Mason's Drawing Room.

It was wonderful to meet the other winners of the Garfield Weston Award and hear about all the great work which is being done across the UK. We, and the other winning charities, were also surprised and delighted to receive an additional award of £5,000 to spend supporting our local community.