Age UK Cheshire East has entered two videos produced by Macclesfield College Students into the inaugural Charity Film Awards, set up to recognise the best films and videos that have been created for or on behalf of registered charities within the UK.

The charity is urging members of the community to go online and vote for the videos at The shortlist is decided by a public vote which is open until 30th November 2016.

Simon Burton, founder of the Charity Film Awards, said: “In the digital age, charities abilities to create video content and share it to communicate their stories and messages is powerful and essential. Video in all its forms is a crucial part of the modern charity’s marketing toolkit. We want to celebrate the very best examples of the art.”

Harriet Sykes, former student at Macclesfield College, successfully secured an apprenticeship with the BBC shortly after doing the final edit of her video, she said: “Creating a promotional video with Age UK Cheshire East gave me an insight to how important charities for older people are. I think its imperative people are made aware of what is available to them in later life and know that there is always somewhere that they can go. The whole team were supportive of us and our creative vision and the classes welcomed us with open arms.”

Damon Taylor, Chief Executive of Age UK Cheshire East said: “It was a delight to work with students from Macclesfield College to produce a film which showcases our wide range of services for older people. Bringing young and older people together in our community is vitally important and the project provided an important focus for the student’s end of year assignment.

It would be a fantastic achievement for all involved to make the shortlist for the prestigious Charity Film Awards. Thank you to everyone who has voted so far.”

Winners will be announced at a gala event in central London in March 2017.