Shiregreen unsung heroes recognised at awards ceremony

Sanctuary's director of neighbourhoods Colleen Eccles, Hazel Blackbourn - winner of Health Heroes Award - Margaret Gardiner - winner of Health Heroes Award - and Howard Webb
Sanctuary's director of neighbourhoods Colleen Eccles, Hazel Blackbourn - winner of Health Heroes Award - Margaret Gardiner - winner of Health Heroes Award - and Howard Webb
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Unsung heroes from Shiregreen were recognised for their contributions to their community at an annual awards ceremony.

More than 250 residents, volunteers and group leaders attended the Shiregreen Community Awards at the Cutler’s Hall in Sheffield.

Gillian Oakley and Lauren De Souza-Dempsey, with Howard Webb at the Shiregreen Community Awards

Gillian Oakley and Lauren De Souza-Dempsey, with Howard Webb at the Shiregreen Community Awards

They were joined at the glittering ceremony by former top referee Howard Webb, who handed out the awards, and Master Cutler David Grey.

Residents nominated people in nine categories – including good neighbour, fundraiser of the year, health heroes, outstanding achievement, good neighbour and volunteer of the year – and new for this year, the sports personality of the year award.

The achievements of young people in the Shiregreen area were also commended through the Young Achiever of the Year award and the Karl Barton Award, in honour of a former resident who was dedicated to helping young people and passed away in 2011.

Mr Webb said: “I am very passionate about promoting and reinforcing the positivity of the Shiregreen neighbourhood and these awards are the perfect opportunity to do this.

The Shiregreen Community Awards

The Shiregreen Community Awards

“They are about giving thanks and recognition to the residents of Shiregreen that go above and beyond their day to day lives to make a difference in their community.

“It was a pleasure to be involved in the evening and I met some truly inspirational people – it is something Shiregreen should be proud of.”

Guests were entertained by local band Rock and Soul Machine and drama group Shout. Students from Firth Park Academy also gave a moving interpretive dance piece to kick off the evening, along with three solo singing performances.

A charity raffle raised more £550 for children’s cancer charity Amy’s Retreat.

Awards host Colleen Eccles, Sanctuary’s director of neighbourhoods, said: “It is fantastic to see how groups across different ages are coming together.”