Local fundraiser receives police accolade. Date published: 13th August 2015 7.17am

A local fundraiser from Ellesmere Port has received a police accolade for the positive work he’s done in his local community.

Mr Billy Birch has worked with charity organisations for over 20 years and has raised over £109,000 for a variety of organisation.

On July 22, Billy’s commitment to the cause was recognized at Cheshire Constabulary’s Achieving Excellence (ACE) Awards ceremony. He was the winner of the ‘Community Thank You’ Award.

Billy’s citation read:

“Mr Billy Birch is a local fundraiser in Ellesmere Port and Neston.

He has single handedly raised thousands of pounds all of which is spent on local issues, which he personally selects and works with to ensure that it is spent in the right way.

He has recently bought a considerable amount of camping equipment for a local deaf school, negotiating with a local supplier and buying the equipment personally.

He is known by everyone locally and is often stopped in the street and handed money towards his next charitable venture.

His energy and dedication epitomizes the community spirit within Ellesmere Port.”

Chief Constable Simon Byrne said: “These awards were designed to boost the traditional ways of recognizing everyone who goes the extra mile, and gives them the recognition they deserve. I congratulate Billy on his award, and all the work he’s done in the local community.”

Police & Crime Commissioner John Dwyer said: “I want to congratulate Billy on his award. His commitment to charity work promotes the volunteering ethic that is encompassed throughout the country. I hope people are inspired by him, the positive work he’s promoted and helped raise funds for in the community go from strength to strength.”