We’re proud to have supported community groups and young people across Manchester for more than 20 years, and thrilled to be appointing three new Trustees to our Board.

Michelle Rothwell, Kristina McGuirk and Sarah Horne are joining the Board with immediate effect.


Ged Carter, We Love MCR’s Development Manager, says the trio of appointments will take the Charity to the ‘next level’ of our growth story:

In the shadows of the towers and cranes of our thriving city, the potential of some of our young people remains unfulfilled.

Over 40 per cent of Manchester’s children are still growing up in households that are in poverty, and the resulting ‘opportunity gap’ is even greater than this income gap.

An absence of exposure to quality work experience, and a shortage of social capital, too often restrict the opportunities of young Mancunians. We aim to address this through the work of We Love MCR.

To be able to add Michelle, Kristina and Sarah to our board of Trustees at the same time will be transformational. They’re all experts in their fields, and are well connected in the Manchester business community.

When I joined the charity last year one of my first ambitions was to strengthen the Board. For all three new Trustees to become available at the same time was an incredible opportunity to take We Love MCR to the next level.


Michelle Rothwell is the founder of the Manchester property development and investment firm Watch This Space, and says she is delighted to get involved:

We Love MCR is the beating heart of the city. It’s for people and communities that want to change their lives. There’s so much talent in Manchester and sometimes people just need a little bit of help. I’m delighted to become a Trustee because I want to give something back.


Kristina McGuirk has spent more than a decade in marketing and media, working with global brands including L’Oreal, Compare The Market and Morrison’s. Prior to launching her own consultancy, she was Board Marketing Director at UKFast.

She said: “I’m so honoured to be joining We Love MCR. I’m excited to be part of a charity that focuses on helping young people and ambitious communities to thrive.


The third new Trustee is experienced accountant and tax adviser Sarah Horne, who spent seven years as the Co-op’s Head of Tax.

Sarah says: “I’m thrilled to join the board and I’m excited to see how we can grow and support Manchester’s young people and communities. As a charity we’re all about making sustainable changes – not sticking plasters. For example we recently supported a qualified young seamstress who found herself living on the streets. Once she got back into a secure tenancy, she couldn’t get credit so we helped her to buy a sewing machine for £650, to enable her to resume her career and avoid falling back into homelessness.


These appointments have swelled our number of Trustees to nine, six of whom are women.


Our charity was first registered in 1997 with the aim of “improving the lives of the citizens of Manchester” and rebranded to our We Love MCR branding in 2011, recently focusing our work on three key areas.

The first is to provide financial support to Community Groups to improve their own communities. This is done through the Stronger Communities Small Grants Fund, with grants available for between £500 and £2,000.

The Stronger Communities Large Grants Fund has grants available of between £15,000 and £70,000 for organisations helping address a range of issues including combatting loneliness and social exclusion.

And we also operate our new £100,000 Manchester’s Rising Stars Fund, which offers grants to disadvantaged people aged between 16-24, to help them to fulfil their potential in education, career and training.


We look forward to Michelle, Kristina and Sarah’s involvement in our journey, and helping to keep Manchester’s heart beating! 


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