Published: Thursday, 31st October 2019
The fifth annual Broadland Community at Heart Awards were presented this week at The Space in Sprowston.
The awards, organised by Broadland District Council, and sponsored by Price Bailey, acknowledge the valuable contribution of volunteers, individuals, businesses or community groups and the work they do in the district.
A judging panel chose the winners in a variety of categories from the hundreds of nominations made by members of the public. The finalists in each category were invited to the awards ceremony, to celebrate their achievements and hear the announcement of the winners.
Each winner was presented with a trophy and £250 to donate to their chosen community group or voluntary organisation. Finalists were also presented with a certificate congratulating and thanking them for their work within the community.
Leader of Broadland District, Cllr. Shaun Vincent said on the evening “It’s a privilege to be here tonight, in a room full of heroes. It’s always an honour to be at these occasions and hear about the fantastic achievements of our residents that work tirelessly to improve the lives of others. You should all be proud of yourselves."
John Warren, Partner of awards sponsor Price Bailey said “Price Bailey has had the pleasure of being involved in the Broadland Community at Heart Awards for the third year running. Each year, we become more amazed by the fantastic things people do in our local community."
First to be presented on the evening were the Design Award and the Enhancement Award. The Design Award was collected by Dr. and Mr. Mukhopadhyay and their architect Jon Boon for their home in Western Longville. Joe Wiley and Katie Montgomery’s work on the Octagon Barn in Little Plumstead won them the Enhancement Award.
Nine-year-old Oliver Elvin was the winner in the Young Person of the Year category. Oliver has shown extreme bravery to battle through his leukaemia diagnosis and ongoing treatment to raise money for various charities by riding over 100 miles on his bike. He is also back playing football with the Norwich Community Sport Foundation Elite Player Development Centre and recently captained his team as they won the Tulip Trophy.
The award for Inspiration of the Year was presented to Annette Marsh for her tireless work supporting the Aylsham Community Gym, enabling residents of all ages to join. She is always prepared to lend a listening ear and support anyone experiencing tough times.
Olivia Hill’s exceptional performance in shooting saw her awarded in Sporting Achievement of the Year category. Since starting shooting with borrowed equipment in 2016, Olivia has gone on to become the English Junior Champion and has been selected to represent Great Britain at the Junior World Cup Suhl. She managed to achieve all of this while studying for her GCSEs and A-Levels.
Sarah Carpenter was presented with the award for Volunteer of the Year. Sarah is the Chair of the Kinsale Junior School, and Vice Chair of the Friends of Arden Grove Infant School. She has been instrumental in helping both schools raise thousands of pounds. This year she has also resurrected the Hellesdon Carnival to raise money for local community groups.
Andrew Frederick Adult Support won the Business Community Support of the Year Award for their work setting up several dementia friendly events and two dementia friendly cafés in Sprowston and Thorpe St. Andrew. Their volunteers provide support, advice and friendship as well as a friendly gathering for people and families living with dementia.
The Safer Broadland Award was presented to Kelly Barkway. Kelly runs Broadland Paddle Sports in Thorpe St. Andrew. She is well known in the area for looking out for the safety of people using the River Yare, whether they are part of the club or not.
Stacy Bradley of the Taverham and Drayton Litter Pickers won the award for Environmental Champion of the Year. Stacy has been instrumental in the group’s success, securing sponsorship from local businesses and encouraging local resident’s to take part in litter picks. In August residents collected 33 bin bags weighing a total of 135.8kg.
Pat Presley was announced as Carer of the Year. Pat is familiar with Wroxham residents for her care and support of everyone around her. She is often seen cycling around Wroxham visiting, cooking, cleaning and caring for all those that need it.
Suicide bereavement support group Empathy won the award for Community Group of the Year. Founded by Joy Cresswell and Kathryn Sault after their own personal experience with suicide bereavement, the fortnightly group offers sensitive and compassionate care for anyone effected by suicide.
The award for Good Neighbour or Friend of the Year was presented to Sheila Sayer. A Brampton resident for nearly 40 years, Sheila is the ‘go to’ person in the village. From collecting parcels, to feeding pets, and even lighting one elderly resident’s the fire every morning to make sure she stays warm, nothing is too much trouble for her.
The Special Recognition Award was presented to Val Dodsworth. After initially allowing prisoners who just been released to stay in her home rather than see them on the streets, Val founded the House of Genesis to provide safe and stable accommodation for former inmates. Nearly 20 years later, House of Genesis is now able to offer accommodation to up to 10 homeless people across two houses. Residents can stay for up to two years and are offered emotional support alongside help with practical issues such as debt and finding more permanent accommodation. Val’s dedication to her work supporting former prisoners has seen her prevent more than 100 homeless people from living on the streets and guide them to independent living.