Halifax Giving Extra Awards recognises people who give extra to make a positive difference in their local community
Disability Sport volunteers from across the country were this week recognised in the Halifax Giving Extra Awards.
Now in its third year, the Halifax Giving Extra Awards reward people who bring communities together and help them thrive. Charity fundraisers, sports coaches, community volunteers and many more have been recognised for the contribution they make. The Awards are an important part of Lloyds Banking Group’s ambition to help Britain prosper.
The winners involved in Disability Sport include Ros Cramp, Derek Campbell, Andy Palmer and Phil Roberts, read about each one of their inspiring stories below.
Ros Cramp ten years ago first set up the N-Able Herts Disability Sports Association (NHDSA), and she has worked tirelessly to help young disabled people from the North Herts area to get into sport. The club runs athletics, football, basketball and boccia sessions for over one hundred young people. Ros said: “I am absolutely delighted to have won, it is fantastic for the club to receive this recognition. I really want to thank all of the volunteers without whom the club would not exist.”
Derek Campbell two years ago contracted Meningitis and awoke from a coma to discover he was a double leg amputee. He has since become a personal trainer and donates his time volunteering at organisations such as LimbPower, mentoring children who have recently become amputees. He motivates these children by showing and proving to them that there is hope in their situation. Derek said: “Not in my wildest dreams did I think I would win this award – it was amazing just to be nominated! After what happened I got an overwhelming urge to help people, and I’m very proud that I’ve been able to do this.”
Andy Palmer who set up and runs Peterborough United deaf football team, the only club in the country that offers deaf children of all ages the chance to play football. Andy said: “I was overjoyed to find out I had won a Halifax Giving Extra Award. I believe that all deaf children should have the chance to enjoy sport, and I’m just happy that we’ve given some of them the chance to do this.”
Phil Roberts who volunteers tirelessly throughout the week with Leyland Warriors wheelchair Rugby Club, helping to develop the club from just five teams to now running 18 teams for all ages and abilities. Working with local schools, he has helped to develop wheelchair sports across Lancashire and provided opportunities for many young people in the community. Phil said: “For me, it’s not about the individual accolade but being part of a team to help promote wheelchair sports in the community. ”
The 66 local Halifax Giving Extra Award winners will each receive £300 in Supercheque vouchers. Each one of the 66 local winners will then be put forward to be chosen as one of our seven regional winners. Regional winners will be announced by the end of February and will each receive £5,000 to make a further difference in their community.
Russell Galley, Group Director, Halifax Community Bank, said: “Halifax is committed to bringing communities closer together. We believe we should give extra back to people like these winners who are pivotal to driving positive and lasting change.”
Halifax received thousands of nominations from across the country for this year’s Giving Extra Award. These ranged from:
- inspiring individuals who have founded charities and foundations, as well as those who regularly go above and beyond to raise money for charitable causes
- those who go the extra mile and give a huge amount of time and effort to improve their community – opening centres for local people to enjoy, helping coach youth teams or running social clubs
- as well as people who lend their support to the vulnerable and those in need, organising food banks, companionship for the elderly and isolated or support groups offering counselling or practical advice
Nominations for the Halifax Giving Extra Awards, in association with Global’s Capital and Heart brands, were made online or in Halifax branches throughout October and November 2015, and judging took place in January 2016. www.halifax.co.uk/givingextraawards #GivingExtraBack