Praise for tireless workers who make a difference

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SHEFFIELDERS who work tirelessly to help others have been honoured for their dedication at the 2011 High Sheriff’s Awards.

Kevin Bradley, manager of St Wilfrid’s Centre on Queens Road, was praised for his management and leadership skills.

He was nominated by Sgt Brendan Pakenham for his work supporting the homeless, vulnerable and socially-excluded. The centre deals with more than 18,000 clients a year.

Luke Hague, a member of Sheffield’s Youth Council, received the Exceptional Young Person’s Award for his commitment to giving the youth of Sheffield a voice and for his fundraising work within the community.

A total of eight individuals was shortlisted for recognition, with Maureen Barnes and Sean Greaves receiving commendations for their work with Whirlow Hall Farm and Sheffield Springs Academy.

High Sheriff Anthony Cooper said: “Reading the award nominations was both a heartening and humbling experience.

“There are people throughout the length and breadth of the county who are making a real difference in their communities and this annual award ceremony is an excellent way to recognise just a few of those who either give their time or go the additional mile in the service of others.”

The ceremony, now in its 18th year, took place at Rotherham Town Hall and recognises South Yorkshire community workers, paid or voluntary, who have had a significant impact on their community and surrounding environment.