Volunteers’ awards

Flinders Founders, the Donington group of young people who work tirelessly to improve their village. Leah Bristow (pictured back, second right) received the Jim Hopkins Award for Youth Volunteering in recognition of her work with the group. Also pictured are Ladey Adey (back, right) and Karen Johnson (back, left).

Flinders Founders, the Donington group of young people who work tirelessly to improve their village. Leah Bristow (pictured back, second right) received the Jim Hopkins Award for Youth Volunteering in recognition of her work with the group. Also pictured are Ladey Adey (back, right) and Karen Johnson (back, left).

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VOLUNTEERS and community groups from South Holland bagged a clutch of awards at a ceremony dedicated to people who go the extra mile to make their town or village a better place to live.

Among award winners were Paul Walker, from Spalding’s Agape Care Foodbank, Leah Bristow for her work with Flinders Founders at Donington and ‘multi-tasker’ Cyril Hearn for his dedication to church and school at Whaplode.

Cyril Hearn

Cyril Hearn

Groups earning recognition were Crowland Cares, Sutton Bridge Motor Project and Surfleet Play and Recreation Committee for raising £1.75 million to turn a ‘prarie’ into a beautiful park.

The awards were organised by South Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Service and presented by district council community development officer Karen Johnson.

Tulip Radio’s Peter Armstrong and Callum Pepper received awards, although Callum could not attend the ceremony. Spalding’s Maureen Sandra White and Tom Redden, of Spalding and District Access Group, were also honoured but were unable to collect their awards on the night.

Zoemarie Sheldon, from Gedney, was recognised for her dedication to improving facilities for young people in her area and encouraging more people to volunteer.

SLCVS chief executive Ladey Adey said: “SLCVS are proud to organise and host the awards and hope to encourage more people to get involved in volunteering in their local communities.”