The group has a charitable trust that gives money to community groups operating within the circulation area of its newspapers.
A committee meets four times a year - usually in March, June, September and December - to decide which charities to support. The Committee has flexibility, but works to the following guidelines:
- The recipient charity or group must operate within the circulation area of one of the Group's newspapers and spend the donation likewise;
- Donations should be made to a wide variety of charities and community groups throughout the Group's area of operation;
- Donations should benefit groups within the community and, therefore, donations to specific individuals are unlikely;
Donations are normally in the range £100 -500, which means that, at this moment, we can help approximately 60-80 groups per year.
The trust is administered for CN Group by the Charities Aid Foundation and its income is tax free. This means that all donations must be made to either registered charities or groups that fulfil the Inland Revenue's criteria.
The Charities Act 2006 defines a charity as " a body or trust which is for a charitable purpose and is for the public benefit".
- Relief of poverty
- Advancement of education
- Advancement of religion
- Other purposes beneficial to the community
Section d. is obviously very broad, but, for example, does not normally include the purchase of equipment for a doctor's surgery, but would include purchase for a hospital.
If you are a registered charity please give your number when applying. There is no problem with schools, most churches and hospital-related groups, who do not have charity numbers - they should just apply as normal. Other groups who are not registered need to give us as much information as possible in order that the Inland Revenue can be satisfied.
Applications should be made in writing to either:
- An executive or employee within the Group whom you know;
- A member of the Committee (listed below);
- Direct to Gill Wilson, Charitable Trust Administrator (listed below).
Please state what the funds are required for, the total amount to be raised, the likely timescale, information about your charity/group and any other relevant information.
Remember to include your charity number if you are registered.
Applications should be made by the end of the month prior to the committee meetings (i.e. by the end of February, May, August and November) at the latest.
All applications will be acknowledged, and following the committee's meeting, everyone will receive a letter explaining the outcome. Donations are normally made by a senior executive from the local newspaper within the next month. However there can sometimes be a delay for non-registered groups if the Inland Revenue require further information.
We ask that in most cases any publicity or acknowledgement is made in the name of the relevant local newspaper and not CN Group.
Please note that at this stage the Trust only covers the area covered by the Group's newspapers.
Karen Whittle (PA to Publishing Director)
North West Evening Mail
Tel: 01229 821835
Julie Morgan (Reporter)
Times & Star
Tel: 01946 595126
Sandy Rutherford (General Manager)
Tel: 01434 602351
Robin Burgess (Chief Executive)
Tel: 01228 612288
Andy Swanston (Company Secretary)
Tel: 01228 612733
Gill Wilson (Trust Administrator and PA to the Chief Executive)
Tel: 01228 612286
All are based at:
CN Group Ltd