Local MP for Macclesfield, David Rutley, recently compered an event at MAC Multi Activity Centre in which thirty-five local projects pitched for £100,000 of Cheshire East Council funding to boost the health and wellbeing of people across Macclesfield.
The event, which took place on 15th October, was attended by more than 200 people, with each of the thirty-five projects given three minutes in which to make a pitch for a share of the £100,000 pot of Cheshire East grant money. 17 successful projects, including local parents setting up a mums and tots group, a self-help support group for people suffering with depression or anxiety and a new drop-in centre for the carers of people with autism spectrum conditions, were selected by a public vote.
The ‘You Decide’ event on Saturday was part of the council’s public health project to address health issues such as obesity, poor physical fitness and mental wellbeing. It was hosted by David, with Cllr Paul Bates, from Cheshire East Council, presenting the cheques to the successful projects after the vote.
Speaking after the event David said: “It is important to get more people active and to support people with mental health difficulties. I actively campaign on these issues in Parliament and it is great to see Cheshire East Council taking the lead in this positive way in Macclesfield. I would like to thank the Council for making this possible and all the community groups that will put the funding to good use in local projects.”