Fenland’s unsung heroes recognised at annual Pride awards

Fenland’s unsung heroes had their achievements recognised at the 12th annual Pride in Fenland awards.

Thursday, 21st March 2019, 1:03 pm
Updated Thursday, 21st March 2019, 1:21 pm

The heartwarming event, held at Wisbech St Mary Sports & Community Centre, celebrated the district’s best during a night of tears, smiles and laughter. More than 200 people packed into the venue for the awards ceremony, which is organised by Fenland District Council in partnership with the Fenland Citizen newspaper. Cllr Mike Cornwell, the council’s portfolio holder for communities, said: “The Pride in Fenland awards are Fenland’s very own Oscars, celebrating the magnificent contributions and achievements of volunteers across our district. It is this generous act of giving up precious time to others that singles out the individuals, couples, groups and organisations here. Without your thought, dedication and commitment Fenland would be a much poorer place.” Six Pride in Fenland awards were won on the night. Each of the winners was presented with a trophy and a cheque for £100. The runners-up received cheques for £25. They and all the other nominees also received a special certificate. Photos were taken by Adam Fairbrother.

GOOD NEIGHBOUR RUNNER-UP: Steven Hubbard, for helping his neighbours to recycle and organise a new communal bin area for his street as part of his role as a Getting It Sorted volunteer
GOOD NEIGHBOUR WINNER: Andy Maul and Vikki Holmes helped set up the Grub Hub at their café Bygones in Wisbech with the 50 Backpacks for the Homeless charity. This allows 30-40 people to receive a free hot meal every week

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VOLUNTEER IN THE COMMUNITY RUNNER-UP: Delvin Smart volunteers at Wisbech Community House and supports the People and Animals UK charity
VOLUNTEER IN THE COMMUNITY WINNER: Richard Exton has helped with the Straw Bear Festival for 40 years and been active with: the Whittlesey Christmas Lights Committee, Whittlesey in Bloom, Summer Festival and Christmas Extravaganza
YOUNG CITIZEN RUNNER-UP: Whatever the weather Harry Clark takes it upon himself to sweep and litter-pick his local skate park in Friday Bridge
YOUNG CITIZEN AWARD WINNER: Kayla Hay, who has leukemia, raised more than £1,000 for Addenbrookes Hospital Charitable Trust to fund new equipment and raised £1,000 to help a family who lost a loved one buy a memorial sculpture
GROUP BENEFITTING THE COMMUNITY RUNNER-UP: Wimblington Summer Show - dedicated volunteers organised the one day horticultural show
GROUP BENEFITTING THE COMMUNITY WINNERS: Whittlesey Dance Club at the Manor Leisure Centre keeps people fit and is a lifeline to many
JUDGE'S SPECIAL AWARD RUNNER-UP: Dulce Loureiro (9) is a young helper at The Spinney Adventure Playground in Wisbech, helping out with any event days
JUDGE'S SPECIAL AWARD WINNER: Roger Reader for decades of tireless dedication to life in Murrow and Parson Drove. Roger is involved in many groups and founded the Parson Drove Car Show, which raises thousands of pounds for charity
SPORTS VOLUNTEER RUNNER-UP: Steve Taritisimo, Simon Millward, Mark Walker, Matt Doggett, Jamie Chilcott and Tom Cave selflessly give up their time so youngsters in the village can play football
SPORTS VOLUNTEER IN THE COMMUNITY WINNER: Bernie Wing for his selflessness and dedication going back 60 years. Successful boxer Bernie has been coaching at March Amateur Boxing Club and is a well-regarded mentor at March Athletic Club