Making a difference community awards 2018

Winners of the awards categories

At the beginning of the celebratory event on 6 June 2018, a special award was also made to seven year old Isla Tansey and her family from Hinckley in recognition of their campaign to highlight childhood cancers and for her #Islastones campaign. 

Isla, who had been diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), a cancer which has no current cure, enjoyed decorating stones and hiding them for her friends. Her facebook page collected over 44,000 members and people have decorated stones and hidden them around the world. Stones have been hidden and found in New Zealand, India and even Antarctica! Isla sadly passed away on 11 July 2018. Our thoughts and condolences are with her family.

Winners of the Individual categories:

Helping hands awards:

  • Dora Sidwell, who provides help and support to fellow residents of Castle Court, Burbage by organising coffee mornings, birthday parties, gardening and bingo

Good neighbour award:

  • Carol Wallace, who supports her neighbours by taking out bins, organising visits to hospital or the doctor and organising days out

Group contribution:

  • Emma Kerr, who established a community group from scratch and is dedicated to supporting the homeless, victims of domestic abuse and families on low income

Lifetime achievement:

  • Colin Magee, who for over 50 years has been making a difference to young people who would otherwise by unable to access the sport of sailing. He has made sailing inclusive for all those with physical or mental challenges, for children with autism and for senior citizens who may be lonely and isolated

Young volunteer of the year:

  • Claudio Perera who is recognised for his wide range of activities from delivering food packages to neighbours and organising youth club events

Personal development award:

  • Debbie Walker who has progressed from being unable to cook to teaching others to cook and waste less food

Winner of the group categories

Neighbourhood improvement group:

  • Hope Community Church, who, with a team of volunteers, provides a range of activities for people of all ages

Helping hands:

  • Barwell Inclusive Football Team which trains young people with autism and learning difficulties, who would normally be excluded from football, so that they can play alongside others who learn more easily

Best new project:

  • Forget Me Not Cafe in Newbold Verdon, which supports people with dementia and where in a cafe culture environment, carers have time to relax and where those affected by dementia can be supported

Longstanding achievement:

  • Friends of Hollycroft Park who have been together for 20 years, providing endless hours of support, including fund raising, gardening, organising and running events and, more recently, opening a community cafe

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