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Walk leader shortlisted for BBC Unsung Hero Awards

Published: Thu 19th November, 2020

A volunteer who leads walking groups in Charnwood has been shortlisted in the 2020 BBC East Midlands Sports Unsung Hero Awards.

Ann Bullock from Shepshed is the walk leader and co-ordinator for the Gorse Covert Walking for Health group and regularly supports the Shepshed Walking for Health group which she helped to set up.

Ann was nominated for her commitment to helping people stay active and improve their wellbeing through walking.

The free walking for health groups are supported by the borough council’s Active Charnwood team and led by volunteers in the local community.

As well as leading on walks, Ann also delivers training and shares her knowledge and expertise to help other people become walk leaders.

After finding out she had been shortlisted, Ann said: “I was completely speechless when I found out about being shortlisted.

“I’ve been leading Walking for Health groups for seven years now and I really enjoy meeting new people and encouraging them to get out in the fresh air and stay active.

“Walking is a great way to improve not only your physical health but also your mental wellbeing. The groups are a social occasion for many and it’s great to see people enjoy themselves."

The Council’s senior active recreation development officer Will Blanche nominated Ann for this year’s awards and added: “I’m delighted Ann has been shortlisted in this year’s Unsung Hero Awards. She truly is a local champion for sport and physical activity and does not realise the positive impact she has on her local community.

“This year has been particularly difficult for people and when she’s been able to, Ann has been committed to keeping her walking groups going in line with government guidance.

“We’ve got our fingers crossed and would like to wish Ann good luck in reaching the national final.”

There were over 25 nominations submitted for this year’s the East Midlands Unsung Hero Award and Ann is one of three finalists for the region. The winner for the East Midlands will be revealed later this month.

The national Unsung Hero award will be presented at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards in December.

Ann's feature on BBC East Midlands Today can be watched below.