Pillars of community

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We are always keen to honour the work of community champions and today’s Star features three such noble people.

In Dronfield, a memorial has been dedicated to Bob Clough, who helped transform the fortunes of the once-derelict railway stop.

He passed away in 2011 but is remembered as one of the founding members of the Friends of Dronfield Station. His talents helped to cement its reputation as a major ‘plus’ for the town.

On our community page, we salute the work of Gemma Windle, who focussed her energy on family and career after suffering a miscarriage.

She has since been running Pyjama Drama classes in which children play drama games, sing and dance in different age groups up to seven years.

Her classes open the wonderful world of drama to the tots of Sheffield, which can delight and inspire them.

And in Wath, a town resident has donated cash to her local school to buy a defibrilillator.

Mary-Agnes Rotherham stumped up the cash to help Saint Pius X RC High School and was invited to hand it over by the headteacher.

These three individuals typify the community spirit which knit our neighbourhoods together.

They are generous with their time or money, they expect nothing in return, but are happy when the greater good is served.

Their modest and unassuming ways are traits South Yorkshire can identify with.

And the fact that they never fail to get things done successfully and on time is tribute to their ability. Community champions are also renowned for being dedicated, enthusiastic and team members.

We need more of them and we need you to tell us about them.

If you know of a community champion who deserves recognition, sing their praises on our letters page letters@thestar.co.uk or email our news desk news@thestar.co.uk

Community champions won’t seek recognition, but they deserve it and we need your help to thank them.