The winners of this year’s Shipley Area Community Heroes awards were announced at a ceremony last week.
There were 21 nominations, across three categories, for those who have made a significant contribution in communities across the whole of the Shipley constituency area.
Among the winners and runners up were individuals and groups who helped during and after the Boxing Day floods. There were also triumphs for those working with women, children and young people, older people, the lonely and uniformed organisations.
The awards ceremony, funded by Shipley Area Committee, took place at The Octagon, Sandbeds, Keighley on Thursday 17 March.
The winners and runners-up were chosen by a panel of local ward councillors and the winners received £150 for their chosen local good cause.
Winners and runners up
Winner – Baildon and Shipley Flood Relief Group nominated by Paula Truman from Bradford Council’s Shipley Area Co-ordinator’s Office for the work they did to help people affected by the Boxing Day Floods. They set up a Facebook page to appeal for donations of food, clothing, toys and cleaning equipment and worked with the Rotary Club to establish a fund-raising appeal. They also offered essential practical and emotional support to those affected by the floods.
Winner – Michelle Chapman and the Bingley Flood Support Group nominated by Marcia Churley from Bradford Council’s Shipley Area Co-ordinator’s Office for the work they did to help people affected by the Boxing Day Floods. They set up a Facebook page and a hub at the Scout Hut, recruited volunteers and kept residents informed as well as providing practical and emotional support bringing people together from the local community, churches and mosques.
Runner up – Baildon Dementia Action Group nominated by Lucy Maddison centre manager at The Baildon Community Link for the work they do raising awareness and understanding of dementia. They are also working towards Baildon being a ‘ Dementia-Friendly Town’
Winner – Cottingley Guiders nominated by Patricia Smith a Trustee at Cottingley Cornerstones Centre for the enthusiasm and commitment to the Guiding movement and the girls who come to Rainbows and Brownies.
Runner up – Heather Searle and Heather Norreys nominated by Lizzie Hughes Centre Manager for Baildon, Menston, Burley and Little Lane Children’s Centre in Ilkley, for their involvement in early years education and childcare in Menston for the past 20 years.
Runner up – the volunteers at Isis Project for Women and Children nominated by Sheila Asgari-Tourzan Project Manager at the Isis Project. The group of women many of them are ex-service users all volunteer at the project and are the lifeblood of the service.
Runner up – Crossflatts Over 50s Club nominated by Susan Rhodes of the Crossflatts Over 50s Club for the groups hard work in making the club a success.
Winner – James Brown nominated by Jane Pratt from Menston Cares for the work he does visiting and befriending people who are housebound and lonely despite having difficulties with his mobility due to Multiple Sclerosis.
Runner up – Rose Sutton nominated by Debra Peters from Bradford Council’s Youth Service for her volunteer work in and around Cottingley through Cottingley Youth Club.
Runner up – Mat Holloway nominated by Paula Truman from Bradford Council’s Shipley Area Co-ordinator’s Office for his work organising the Aire-DRI initiative to clear up debris from the banks of the River Aire which was brought down by the Boxing Day Floods.