Impact on The Community Awards 2018
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Trent & Dove Housing celebrated their 13th annual Impact on the Community Awards on Friday 2nd November. The evening recognises all of the vital work carried out by individual people, organisations and local businesses and shines a spotlight on the projects which are “Transforming Homes, Lives and Neighbourhoods” across East Staffordshire, South Derbyshire and North West Leicestershire.
The elegant awards ceremony was held at The Pirelli Stadium in Burton upon Trent and guests were given the full “Oscars” treatment befitting their status as outstanding members in their communities.
Trent & Dove received a high number of entries again this year. Almost 55 individuals, organisations and local businesses were nominated for an award, which made the judging very difficult.
The surprise celebrity host for the evening was Kriss Akabusi, best known as an Olympic athlete and for his appearances on A Question of Sport and Never Mind the Buzzcocks. Kriss was sought by Trent & Dove for his fantastic motivational speaking drawing on both his life experiences along with his sporting achievements.
Chief Executive of Trent & Dove Housing, Ursula Bennion, said
“It was a fantastic evening and as always hugely compelling and inspirational to hear the stories of people, organisations and local businesses who are doing wonderful things in our area. We host the event to recognise those working tirelessly in our communities, who selflessly go out of their way to help others. I would like to thank all of our partners who sponsored the fantastic event. Without their generosity it would not be possible to reward the sterling work that individuals and community groups do.”
The headline sponsors of the night were J. Tomlinson who have worked in partnership with Trent & Dove for almost 10 years, delivering gas servicing, boiler installations, renewable projects and a wide range of repairs / maintenance works to homes across East Staffordshire and South Derbyshire.
Steve Kirkland (Managing Director of Repairs and Maintenance and Facilities Management) of J. Tomlinson Ltd said
“We were very proud to represent J Tomlinson as the main sponsor at the Trent & Dove Impact Awards. It was an amazing evening, with so many inspirational people being recognised for giving up their time to improve the lives of others. Kriss Akabusi was the perfect guest speaker - very funny, passionate, and lifted the spirits of the whole room. Well done Trent & Dove Housing and thank you for such a great night.”
Winners for 2018
Impact on Young People (sponsored by EEM) – Lewis Anderson
Lewis at the age of 13 was one of the original founders of FISH 2013. Since then he has gained coaching qualifications enabling him to coach others and gives talks to inspire them to replicate what he has achieved. Currently a student at De Ferrers Academy he is committed to his community giving up his time to improve the lives of other young people.
Impact on Older People (sponsored by Idverde) – Darcy, Hanna & Jessica
These young people whilst completing their GCSEs at John Port Spencer Academy, joined the National Citizenship programme at the school. Through the programme, they supported a 78 year old resident by clearing and rejuventating his allotment. Their determination and hard work has enabled him to use this valuable space again while touching the hearts of other allotment holders around them as they worked.
Support Organisation – East Staffordshire Family Support Service
Supporting families in the area for over 14 years East Staffordshire Family Support is the number one provider of family support, working to empower vulnerable families within East Staffordshire, enabling them to reach their potential and achieve their aspirations while improving health, wellbeing and safety.
Local Fundraiser – Beryl Hitchen & Sue Grant
These two ladies look after a local community allotment providing a source of fresh vegetables for the local community.In addition to this they are keen to support others and on a daily basis are seen with their shopping trolleys looking for bargains to use at their infamous charity bingos. Their efforts achieve up to £4000 a year benefitting scout groups, air ambulance, St Johns and many others.
Community Project – The Kingfisher Project
This project aims to improve the local environment, provides an educational outlet for local children and school groups, tackles social isolation and brings agencies and residents together. It is a one of it’s kind project in East Staffordhire and evolves continually to engage with all members of the community.
Tenant or Volunteer of the Year – Maria Hanson MBE
Maria works tirelessly to put a smile on the faces of others. The Maria Hanson foundation provides an opportunity to holiday by the sea for families who have a loved one with a terminal illness or for injured military personnel.
Business of the Year (sponsored by Orchard Systems) – Hardy Signs
Hardy Signs prides itself in reaching out to local charities whilst building strong relationships with local businesses. Throughout their 25 years of business, their input and support has helped numerous businesses and charities raising both their profiles and funding opportunities.
Overall Impact on the Community by an Individual – John Anderson
John spends his life working for the community. His reach extends to schools, health services, the local economy and touches people of all ages. He founded Burton Hope in 2017 to support homeless people and spends every opportunity helping others. Awarded with a British Citizen Award this year, John is a true community champion.
Overall Impact on the Community by an Organisation – Burton Albion NCS Team
NCS is a national scheme that Burton Albion is proud to be a part of. The range of projects chosen by over 300 young particpants this summer has impacted on people aged 2 to 90. Young people are often seen in a negative light and NCS shows how the right support and opportunities can enable them to excel in the community and make a difference to their futures.
Against All Odds (sponsored by J. Tomlinson) - Jessica Eaton
As co-founder of the Eaton Foundation Jessica has developed a holistic approach to the organisation. Since 2014, she has written bids and tenders to achieve grant money to enable its running, with this currently standing at £450,000. Jessica’s skills in fund raising and her quiet determination and commitment have secured a bright future for the Eaton Foundation and its users.
Special Recognition Awards
Sponsored by J.Tomlinson
Burton HOPE - This non profit organisation was set up in 2017 and is run by volunteers. Providing support to people in crisis, their reach extends to people who are homeless, as well as families and individuals struggling with food poverty. Providing an outreach service this voluntary group is positively helping the lives of many.
Pam Humphries – Pam is the ‘heart of the community’ at Elizabeth Court where she lives. Every week she cooks lunches, brunches, puts on bingo nights, coffee mornings and regular social events. She is currently receiving treatment for cancer and her sheer grit and determination to overcome her own battles shines through her pain, bringing joy to others around her.
Dennis & Margaret Fletcher - Setting up the Winshill Neighbourhood Resource Centre, the WW1 Peace Wood, creating community allotment beds, forming a Youth Parish Council, putting Winshill on the map in Heart of England in Bloom and generally being there for eveyone. Dennis and Margaret’s tireless community involvement is appreciated by all.