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Community heroes recognised during virtual celebration

Published: Wed 16th December, 2020

Individuals, community groups and businesses have been honoured in a virtual celebration for this year’s Charnwood Community Heroes.

Charnwood Borough Council celebrated the positive contributions made by people and organisations in the borough during a virtual event on Saturday December 12.

The coronavirus pandemic meant this year’s awards took place online on the Council’s Facebook page. A series of video messages and posts recognising the work of all 71 nominees were published throughout the afternoon.

Nominations included people who have helped the homeless, community groups which have helped their local neighbourhoods and businesses which delivered meals to people during lockdown.

Cllr Leigh Harper-Davies, the Council’s lead member for community support and equalities, said: “Although this year’s celebration was virtual, I hope all of the nominees know how much they’re contributions to their local communities is much appreciated.

“Charnwood Community Heroes is a great opportunity to say thank you to those who help others – no matter how big or small. Especially during a year which has been like no other.

“All those nominated don’t help others for the recognition and that’s why it’s even more important to say thank you and show them that what they do is appreciated.

“There were lots of inspiring stories shared throughout the afternoon on the Council’s social media channels and I certainly enjoyed tuning in.

“Congratulations once again to all of our heroes. You all really do make a difference, thank you!”

Each nominee will receive a certificate and a small bar of chocolate to say congratulations on their nomination and thank you for what they do in their local communities.

This year’s awards were kindly supported through the council’s collaboration with EEM, a not-for-profit procurement company

If you didn't get a chance to tune in to the virtual celebration on social media, a highlights video will soon be available to watch on the Charnwood Community Heroes webpage.

You can also keep up to date with the latest Charnwood Community Heroes news by following the Council on Twitter @CharnwoodBC or by visiting the Charnwood Community Heroes Facebook page

Charnwood Community Heroes Roll of Honour

Young Hero

Dev Sharma

Super Trooper

Steve Fussell
Jemma Bagley
Katrina Parker
Michael Clowes
Tracey Witty
Ann Irving
Caz Chapman
Julie Watermead-Swans
Ciro Finney
Annette Richardson
Dominic Harkin
Natasha Hall
Toni Davis

Good Neighbour

Vicki and James Calvert-Gooch
Alison Sharp
Mr David Evans
Penny Chatburn
Pam Taylor
Carolyn Turner
Liz Randall
Lisa Curtis
Chris Graham Love

Inspiring Others

Karen Hix
Jerry Bullock
Ann Bullock
Rashmi Fulchand
Emma Pattison
Jane Thomas
Robert James Butler
Andrea McDonald
David Wright
Hugh Cairns
Tim Jackson
Malcolm Heaven

Green Hero

Graham Barradell
Gill Moore
Charlotte Booth
Suzy Mason
Melanie Fowkes

Business Community Action

Mick Westwood
Lynn Westwood
Thurmaston Marks & Spencer
Mowbray Foods

Top Team

Label (LSU Media)
Ashby Road Estate Community Association (ARECA)
Helping Our Community LE4 Birstall
John Storer Charnwood Trustee Board
Charnwood Community Action
The Befriending Team, of the Woodhouse and Woodhouse Eaves GNS
John Storer Charnwood
Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People
Barrow volunteer Health Walk Leaders
Gorse Covert Volunteer Walk Leaders
Anstey Women's Institute
Watermead Scout Network Section
North East District Section
Rothley Good Neighbours
Loughborough Against Corona

Beyond the Call of Duty

James Walker
James Nelson
Verity Graham
Hannah Shaw

Brilliant Board/Trustee Member

Gwyn Jones
Paul Goodman

The Harry Cook Award

Graham Baradell