Wychavon Community Recognition Award winners announced

Inspirational people from across Wychavon have been celebrated at this year's Community Recognition Awards.

The annual ceremony, which was held on 5 March at Peopleton Village Hall, recognised 'community heroes' who, in 2019, have volunteered, coached or helped others and made the district a better place to live and work.

Wychavon's judging panel read through all of the nominations and the inspirational stories in its search for those people who had done the most to help people of all ages improve their neighbourhood, club, society or community in the past year.

The categories and winners in the awards were:

  • Young Volunteer Award- Woody Wride (aged 10 from Evesham)for the work he does raising money to help the rough sleepers of Worcestershire.
  • Volunteer of the Year Award- Samantha Ellis (from Droitwich)for her continuous voluntary work with events and activities held in Westlands, Droitwich.
  • Sporting Hero Award- Chris Andrews (from Droitwich)for his dedication for the last 40 years to Droitwich Boxing Club.
  • Community Project Award- Sue Cosnett (from Pershore) - for the War Horse Memorial Project.
  • Enabling Healthy Lives Award- Dave Boucker (from Evesham)for the projects he runs at Evesham Adventure Playground.
  • Arts Recognition Award- Steven Ellis Cooper (from Pershore)for the amazing artwork he does as a blacksmith e.g. the War Horse Memorial and the Golden Gates at Wood Norton Hall.
  • Community Group Award- Freedom Day Centre (from Badsey)an amazing centre that provides a safe, warm, learning environment to adults with learning disabilities.
  • Lifetime Achievement Award- Roy Small (from Drakes Broughton) for his dedication (over 40yrs) to Drakes Broughton Parish Council and the village.

Cllr Rob Adams, Portfolio Holder for Community, Engagement, Culture and Sport at Wychavon District Council, said: "Once again, it has been wonderful meeting the people who selflessly give up their time to help others and hearing their inspirational stories. The Community Recognition Awards are a great way of recognising the residents who do so much to make Wychavon an amazing place to live and work."

Visit www.wychavon.gov.uk/recognitionaward for more information.

Pictured: The winners at this year's Community Recognition Awards. Photo by Stuart Purfield Photography.
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