LEYLAND Civic Centre was packed for the 2020 for the South Ribble Community Awards.
The Borough’s finest teachers, volunteers, community groups and businesses were recognised at the glittering awards ceremony highlighting those who ‘consistently go above or beyond their call of duty’. The Awards pay tribute to the amazing work of young people, volunteers, people in the community and supporters of those living with dementia, as recipients are announced across 11 different categories.
The evening was hosted by broadcasting legend and BBC North West Tonight regular, Dave Guest, and Councillor Harry Hancock, the Mayor of South Ribble, congratulated recipients and presented the awards.
The South Ribble Community Awards are organised by the South Ribble Partnership – the local strategic partnership for South Ribble which brings together people from across the public sector, businesses, voluntary groups, and community organisations.
Jacqueline De-Rose, Chair of the South Ribble Partnership and Group Chief Executive at Progress Housing Group, said: “Congratulations to everyone that was nominated. It was a difficult decision, but we arrived at a shortlist, with three people shortlisted in each category.
“With over 200 nominations, this was incredibly tough, and I was astounded by the inspirational work going on in South Ribble. I want to thank people for submitting their nominations and pay tribute to the worthy causes and activities which people are dedicating themselves to on a weekly, even daily, basis. The shortlist represents the very best in the borough.”
Councillor Paul Foster, Vice-Chair of the South Ribble Partnership, said: “The awards ceremony was a really enjoyable, inspirational evening. It brought together the very best of South Ribble and celebrated everyone’s incredible achievements.
“It’s so important that we take the opportunity to highlight cases of people going the extra mile to care for their customers, pupils, employees or students. Often, these are acts of kindness and dedication which are far from required or even expected in their role; however, they do it regardless because they care deeply about the quality of their work and the happiness of the person or people on receiving end.”
LIST OF AWARD RECIPIENTS
- Volunteer of the Year – JOAN MUSKER
- Young Volunteer of the Year – WILLIAM BAMFORD
- Spirit of the Community – SHARON MCLAUGHLIN
- Special Achievement – ANDREA ANDREWS
- Teacher of the Year – MIKE MITCHELL (Seven Stars Primary School)
- Dementia Friend of the Year – KEITH MCINTOSH (Sporting Memories Foundation)
- Dementia Friendly Organisation – ST MARY’S CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL (Leyland)
- Apprentice Employer of the Year – LEYLAND TRUCKS
- Response Service Extra Mile – RUSSELL CROOK (Blood Bikes)
- Partnership Excellence – MID LANCS COLTS JUNIOR FOOTBALL LEAGUE
- Business in the Community – PROGRESS HOUSING GROUP
- Special Recognition: Healthy Workplace – ACTIVE LANCASHIRE
- Special Recognition: Raising Awareness – REBECCA RAMSAY (Doing it for Dylan)
To see who made the shortlist, go to https://www.southribble.gov.uk/srca
Submitted by South Ribble Borough Council