"Cash for the Community has helped to save lives in Shropshire" - that was the message from the group which received the top award in this year’s prize-giving.

Shropshire and Staffordshire Blood Bikes was the biggest beneficiary of this year’s £20,000 giveaway, organised once more by the Shropshire Star and our partners at Enterprise Flex-E-Rent.

A total of £20,000 was dished out to good causes across Shropshire and Mid Wales, with the money being shared between 30 groups ranging from children’s charities to groups that support the elderly. Many of the groups took part for the first time this year.

The money was allocated according to which groups could collect the most tokens that had been printed in the Shropshire Star.

Shropshire and Staffordshire Blood Bikes

Shropshire and Staffordshire Blood Bikes was given £5,000 – crucial funding for a charity which delivers urgent medical samples, including blood, platelets and frozen breast milk between hospitals and pathology labs on motorbikes.

Lynne Stone, fundraiser for the charity, said she was overwhelmed with the award and praised the local community for collecting the thousands of vouchers.

She said: “We receive no funding for the service we operate for NHS trusts in Shropshire, Staffordshire and south Cheshire.

“We help the NHS save lives, money and improve the quality of life of poorly patients. We deliver urgent medical samples such as blood, platelets, and frozen breast milk free of charge between hospitals and pathology labs on motorbikes ridden by our advanced qualified riders and managed by our controllers.”

Find out more about the charity here -

Severn Centre - Highley Swimming Pool

In second place was The Severn Centre Trust, which will use its £2,000 windfall for the latest phase in the restoration of the open-air swimming pool at Highley.

Duty manager Jody Pietragallo said the cash would help turn the old “learner pool”, which has not been used for many years, into a modern “splash pad” for young children.

The Harry Johnson Trust

The Harry Johnson Trust, which came third, received £1,000, which will be used to provide support for children being treated for cancer and their families