There are a great many local community leaders in South Holland (who would no doubt modestly shun the title of “leader”) who give up their free time and exert great energy to help others, without any desire for recompense or reward.
Whether it be the farmer who provides free fresh produce to the elderly; the teacher who arranges after-school study groups; the builder who helps to rebuild a local school, or the youth football coach who turns out each weekend come rain or shine.
To my mind there is no better example of that caring community spirit than Dean Herd, who recently passed away.
Dean gave so much to the South Holland community from helping under privileged children, to coaching Ajax Juniors FC, and most recently as the chairman and conductor of Spalding brass band.
Dean has been an inspiration to so many kids who grew up in and around Spalding, including myself and my brother John.
In honour of Dean, over 30 current and former band members of Spalding Brass united together in November to play at his memorial service; and we are all very grateful to Andi Shortland, and the many other people who worked behind the scenes to arrange that fitting tribute.
It was the most emotional concert that I have ever witnessed with many players, including myself, shedding silent tears as we played with all our hearts.
I am happy to announce that my brother and I have decided to establish an annual prize in Dean’s honour to be presented to a local community leader who has made a difference to the youth of South Holland.
We intend to open The Dean Herd Memorial Prize to nominations very soon; which will then be considered by a judging panel, with the inaugural winner to be announced in June.
The chosen winner will receive The Dean Herd Memorial Prize in addition to a cash prize of £150.
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