Community champions shine in county voluntary service awards

Volunteers from Sir John Gleed School in Spalding have been rewarded for the Christmas party they held for the elderly. ANL-150202-101622001
Volunteers from Sir John Gleed School in Spalding have been rewarded for the Christmas party they held for the elderly. ANL-150202-101622001
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Community champions who volunteer their time to help others in south Lincolnshire have been rewarded in a special ceremony.

The event was organised by Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Service (LCVS) to acknowledge the vast work done by the charities, organisations and individuals it works to support.

Nominations for the awards came from LCVS teams in the four boroughs and districts where they are based.

Among the winners in South Holland were volunteers from Sir John Gleed School in Spalding, for their Christmas party for the elderly.

Shortlisted were Bakkavor, Spalding, for its Christmas food and toy appeal; and Dementia Support South Lincs, South Kesteven.

There were also nominations for Carol Precey, for her involvement with Deepings Youth Centre, Deepings Parish Council and Deepings United Charities; Geoff Taylor whose involvements include Chain Bridge Forge, Spalding; Spalding People’s Parade; Bourne 2 Play; and QV Foods, Holbeach Hurn.

Nominees and guests attended the awards event at Blackfriars Theatre and Arts Centre, in Spain Lane, Boston, on Friday afternoon.

The venue kindly allowed LCVS to use its facilities free-of-charge and additional costs were covered with the help of sponsorship from Duncan and Toplis chartered accountants and business advisers.

Awards were given in nine categories including small charity, big achiever; trustee of the year and bringing communities together.

David Fannin, LCVS chief executive, said: “Choosing the winners was a very difficult process because everyone who was nominated had contributed, often in a huge way, to their communities.

“We hope that all the nominees and, of course the very worthy winners, went away feeling that contribution had been recognised.

“What was particularly wonderful to see was the spread of people nominated for awards.

“Teenagers, pensioners, different nationalities, those with disabilities, they were all represented among the nominees, which is what the word ‘community’ is really all about.”

Local successes were:

Employer supported volunteering, most outstanding team – awarded to a team that has delivered a social action project with huge positive benefits to their local community (Business award).

Winner:

Sir John Gleed School, Spalding:

The school decided to hold a tea party for Age UK users, raised money to fund the event and then laid it on.

It was such a success the school went on to fundraise for and organise a Christmas party for users too and is continuing its link with Age UK.

In addition the school embraced a Woodland Trust initiative to clear a part of the school grounds and create a woodland area.

Shortlisted:

Bakkavor, Spalding.

Also nominated:

QV Foods, Holbeach Hurn.

Small charity, big achiever – awarded to a small organisation that has made a big impact with an innovative project or projects (Bert Shaw Award).

Shortlisted:

Dementia Support South Lincs, South Kesteven.

Supporting people living with dementia and their families in The Deepings, Stamford, Bourne and surrounding villages.

Also nominated:

Spalding People’s Parade; Bourne 2 Play.

Trustee of the year – awarded to an individual for outstanding service and commitment to the governing body of a charity.

Nominated:

Lorraine Lenton, whose involvements include The Butterfly Hospice, Home-Start South Holland and the Samaritans.

Carol Precey whose involvements include Deepings Youth Centre, Deepings Parish Council and Deepings United Charities.

Geoff Taylor whose involvements include Chain Bridge Forge, Spalding.