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.”