Six businesses and three individuals have been nominated to the Local Business Charity Awards in Oxfordshire. Prizes worth over £2000 are sponsored by insurance brokers A-Plan and Jelf with Oxford Mail's media partnership.

To enter, charities had to nominate an Oxfordshire business or individual, who had done an outstanding job supporting them. If their nominated business wins, the charity will receive a donation of £1,000. The winner of the Individual award will receive a weekend break to the value of £300.

Commenting on the finalists Carl Shuker, CEO of A-Plan Holdings said: "This is our second year of sponsoring the awards in Oxfordshire, and now also in Berkshire, and they continue to inspire and delight.

"The nominations we received this year told stories of altruistic companies and individuals, working tirelessly behind the scenes, without praise or payment, simply for the good of others.

"As a company that encourages our own staff to get involved with local charities, we applaud their generosity and thank them for their efforts. Oxfordshire would be a poorer place without them.

"As ever, choosing finalists isn’t easy but choose we must; we thank every single one of you for your nominations and look forward to meeting the finalists."

The finalists in the Jelf Award at the 2019 Local Business Charity Awards in Oxfordshire are Lucy Group Ltd (nominated by Oxfordshire Youth), Oxford Castle & Prison (nominated by Helen & Douglas House) and STL Communications (nominated by Special Effect).

In the A-Plan Award at the 2019 Local Business Charity Awards the Oxforshire finalists are: Knox & Eames (nominated by Clear Sky Charity), Midcounties Co-operative (nominated by Banburyshire Citizen Project) and Pillow Wad (nominated by Springfield Sanctuary).

The Finalists in the Oxforshire edition of Individual Award at the 2019 Local Business Charity Awards are Brendon Cross of the STL Communications, nominated by Special Effect, The orcherstra of St Jon's John Lubbock OBE, nominated by the Clear Sky Charity and Keeley Dennyschene of the Hilton Garden Inn in Abingdon, who has been nominated by Helen & Douglas House.

The finals will be held on Thursday 29 August 2019 at Thomley, Menmarsh Road, Worminghall, HP18 9JZ.

Although nominations for the awards are now closed, charities and businesses may continue to list themselves on the free

‘Support A Local Charity’ page

, which aims to match up businesses and charities in a skills and need swap.