Awards honour volunteers who make a difference (published 18/06/2019)

Published Tuesday, 18 June 2019

VOLUNTEERS who have made a difference to the lives of other people in Hinckley and Bosworth have been recognised at a special event held at Hinckley Rugby Club.

The Making a Difference awards, which are sponsored by Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council,  recognise the contribution that volunteers play in strengthening the community and improving the quality of life for residents.

Councillor Keith Lynch, Executive Member for the Voluntary and Community Sector at the Borough Council, said: “These awards recognise contributions from some of the many individuals and groups who work tirelessly to assist others who may be more vulnerable or less fortunate - quite simply making life better for our community.”

Matthew Chilvers, the BBC East Midlands Unsung Hero 2018, was the guest of honour. Matthew told the audience about what inspires him to give his time as a tennis coach, and what it was like to be on the stage at the BBC Sports Personality 2018 Awards representing the East Midlands.

This year’s individual category winners were:

  • Protecting, Improving and Supporting our Environment - Mick Parker
  • Creating a Sense of Community - Pat Crane
  • Keeping People Safe & Well - Helen Cobley
  • Contributing to our Heritage, Culture and Tourism - Charlotte Walton
  • Inspirational Volunteer - Angelia Welding
  • Young Volunteer - Zia Cummings

This year’s group category winners were:

  • Protecting, Improving and Supporting our Environment - Sheepy Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group
  • Creating a Sense of Community - Newbold Verdon Community Choir
  • Keeping People Safe & Well – Mencap
  • Contributing to our Heritage, Culture and Tourism - 4th Avenue
  • Inspirational Volunteer - The Bosworth Explorers
  • Young Volunteer - Queen Bee Youth Project

The event ended with the presentation of a Special Award which is awarded each year to an individual or group who deserves this special recognition for their volunteering contribution. This was awarded to Angelia Welding, who was recognised by the judges as a very deserving two trophy winner at this year’s Making a Difference Awards.