City to get some ‘Recognition’

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An awards ceremony dedicated to recognising local good deeds and acts of kindness will be held in the city later this year.

The organisers of the city’s first ‘Recognition Day Awards’ have issued an appeal for nominees ahead of the awards ceremony in September.

Shane Bratby, the founder of UK non-profit Recognition Day, said: “We are absolutely thrilled and delighted about our upcoming Sheffield awards night, and we urge everyone to make a date with us as we recognise and highlight the goodwill and good deeds of the people who live in this city.

“In an era where the concept of recognition, corporate social responsibility and giving back to society is alien to so many businesses and organisations, Recognition Day is about rewarding those who show great generosity, inspiration, and kindness towards others in their local district. The evening will be all about giving back, to those who do good deeds out of the goodness of their hearts, and do not ask for anything in return. There are so many who do good deeds for others and never get noticed. We hope to change that.

“It will be a lavish black-tie event, with a splendid three-course meal before the awards ceremony, followed by live entertainment. We hope it will be an inspiring evening moment that everyone will enjoy.”

Awards will be presented for five different categories including Citizen, Business, Charity, Young Person and Fundraiser.

Shane said: “The Citizen Award will be given to a member of the public who shows repeated acts of kindness or overall generosity to others over and above the normal expectation. This could be for as little as helping an old lady across the road with her shopping, or a passer-by saving someone’s life.

“The Business Award goes out to a company that goes above and beyond to provide additional benefits to the people of the community and the Charity Award is aimed at charities that show exceptional merit.

“The Young Person Award seeks to recognise someone who shows initiative or bravery and the Fundraiser Award someone who has made an outstanding contribution or dedication to fundraising.”

The awards will be presented at the ceremony - held at Hilton Sheffield on September 7 - by Sheffield Mayor Coun Talib Hussain.

If you know someone who you think deserves recognising for their good deeds, visit www.recognitionday.co.uk to nominate them. Tickets are also available from the website and cost £60 per person.

Each nominee will receive two free tickets.