Published On: 03/05/2023|5 min read|

A Celebration for Altrincham’s Coronation Champions

On Tuesday 2nd May Altrincham BID, who produce Visit Altrincham, invited the town’s Coronation Champions to a special event at Altrincham Library.

During the event Cllr Tom Ross, leader of Trafford Council, presented each of the nominated champions, who all go above and beyond by volunteering or fundraising, with a special certificate. The champions were treated to an afternoon tea provided by GAIL’s Bakery, who recently opened on Shaws Road.

Coronation Champions 1
There was also a royal themed Storytime session where a giant commemorative cushion was revealed. The cushion was commissioned by Altrincham BID and created by the team at Inch Arts, one of Altrincham’s community arts organisations. It will be used by the library during future Storytime sessions as a lasting reminder of Altrincham’s Coronation Champions. Material for the cushion was sponsored by Caddick Construction, who are currently developing two high specification, industrial units in Altrincham, on behalf of Quorum Developments.

Storytime Collage

A special display will be hosted by Altrincham Library and can be viewed up until Wednesday 31st May. The display includes information about each of Altrincham’s Coronation Champions and the organisations they support. There will also be a drop-in session at the library with Vicky Williams, the Altrincham area Volunteer Coordinator from The Hub, on Tuesday 9th May (10.30-2.30), where members of the community can find out more about different volunteering opportunities in Trafford.

Coronation Display


Mandy White, Altrincham’s BID Manager explained, “Over the last few weeks we have been sharing Altrincham’s Coronation Champion’s stories on Visit Altrincham & Altrincham BID’s social media, as a local reflection of the Palace’s campaign and The Big Help Out initiative. They are a truly inspiring group of people and we wanted to celebrate the work they do in our community and encourage others to get involved.

"There’s lots going on in the town to celebrate the Coronation. Why not book a celebratory afternoon tea or stock up on Coronation specials and tableware for your celebrations at home? The Stamford Quarter will be hosting family friendly workshops, and live music with Stutter and Twitch on Sunday 7th May. The Con Club will have Coronation food & drink specials plus DJs and live music. Alibi are hosting a Coronation Party, and House Kitchen & Bar are launching a new lunchtime menu. For children there are themed dressing-up play sessions at Little World for Scholars and there's a guess the teddy's name competition with Cafe Nerd along with board gaming all weekend. Whilst you are in Altrincham pop-in to the library and take a look at the Coronation Champions display.”

For more information about events in Altrincham over the Coronation weekend click here


Altrincham's Coronation Champions:

Jemma Dawson – uses the time given by Barclays Bank to employees to support various charities and initiatives

Alex McCann –  from Altrincham HQ runs Altrincham Vs Cancer raising funds for the Christie

Nedra Davis – volunteers at Inch Arts, one of Altrincham’s community arts organisations

Rachel Curwen – has volunteered with Girlguiding and Timperley Brownies for 11 years

Sara & Jez Fixter – from Full Circle Funerals Partners is involved in a number of volunteer and community initiatives including Twiddlemuffs

Sarah Walmsley – works tirelessly for Altrincham in Bloom and Our Altrincham making the town look amazing

Karen Wroe – founder of Art with a Heart and active Rotarian and fundraiser

Audrey Dunn & Gordon Hutchinson – who have been running Knit and Natter at the Hub for the last 8 years

Shuo Jin – Manager of HSBC and is a passionate fundraiser and volunteer

Dee Hazell – runs the Beavers, Cubs and Scout groups at 3rd Timperley

Lynda Cardwell – Partner at Cardwell Theatre School who has been raising money for Francis House Children’s Hospice for many years

Jennifer Christer – was a Home-Start supported Mum and now volunteers with them, supporting families in need

Bill Harrad – supports the Music Place’s Vibrant Voices Choir, a choir for people living with dementia, Parkinsons and stroke survivors

Kirsten Bennett – MD of Lund Bennet Law has taken on many grueling fundraising challenges for various children’s charities and missing people charities

Bev Robinson – contributes to lots of volunteering projects in the community including Friends of Barrington Road and Friends of Altrincham Interchange

Sarah Leary – from Juice Nursery for helping to raise funds and awareness in her capacity as an ambassador for locally-based Prevent Breast Cancer and helping to organise Paint Altrincham Pink each year

Berni Chetham – Coordinator of the Oakwood Corporate Services Charity Committee mostly raising funds for the Children’s Adventure Farm Trust (collected on Berni’s behalf by a colleague)

Ken Garrity – has been volunteering within the community for over 40 years through Sale Round Table and Altrincham Rotary.

Chris Taylor & Hope Edwards –  from Gran T’s Coffee House fundraise for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in memory of their business partner and dear friend Laura.  Chris ran the Altrincham 10k and Hope ran in the Manchester Marathon.

Nick Davis –runs and established Altrincham Stroke Support Group after suffering a Stroke himself at the age of 48.

Tony Collier – Tony was diagnosed with advanced stage, incurable, prostate cancer in 2017.  Since then he has worked tirelessly as an ambassador, awareness speaker and fundraiser for Prostate Cancer UK and is founder of Paint Altrincham Blue.

Charlotte Percy – Charlotte from Lund Bennet Law has held various voluntary roles including Chair of Manchester Solicitors Group amongst others, independently raising £100,000 during her 8-year tenure.

Liv Alice -Liv has organised a number of fund-raising events for charities including, The RSPCA, The Cats Protection & The Christies NHS Foundation Trust Charity.

Katherine Miller - Katherine volunteers at The Hub which provides clubs and societies for the young and old, it has food projects, is a location for CAB and is constantly evolving to support the local community challenges.