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Your heroes in our community
6:00am Friday 11th October 2013 in Local
LOCAL heroes who work hard to make Wyre Forest a better place have scooped gongs in the district’s first community awards.
Ten awards were handed out at last night’s event, organised by Wyre Forest District Council and Vestia Community Trust in partnership with The Shuttle, at Wyre Forest House.
More than 50 nominations in ten categories were received to celebrate individuals and groups who make their communities better, safer and happier places.
The winners were: Community Project of the Year: BRAG (Broadwaters Residents Action Group).
- Community Event of the Year: The annual St George’s Park Fun Day.
- Young Person Volunteer of the Year: Baxter College Champion Fund-raisers, a group of seven Baxter College students who have raised more than £5,000 for Kemp Hospice.
- Charity Volunteer of the Year Award: Kidderminster witness service volunteer team.
- Community Volunteer of the Year: Jo Knight.
- Social and Sport Volunteer of the Year: John Caldwell, chairman of the new Stourport Civic Group.
- Achiever of the Year: Former Stourport High School pupil Rebecca Harvey.
- Flying the Flag for Wyre Forest: Loz Samuels, arts and play development officer from Wyre Forest District Council.
- Outstanding Business Contribution to the Local Community: Vision Labs, Kidderminster.
- Outstanding Innovation: The Boars Head Pub, Kidderminster.
About 100 residents turned out to see the winners announced on the night, with Shuttle editor Clive Joyce as master of ceremonies.
Conservative Ian Hardiman, the district council’s cabinet member for community wellbeing, said: “It has been great to see local people celebrated for giving of their time and energy in selfless ways.
"It is this approach that builds strong and supportive communities and it is great to see this alive and well in Wyre Forest. Congratulations to everyone involved.”
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