The fourteenth Outstanding Achievement Awards were held at the Marriott Leicester where eight finalists, along with their friends and families, saw four winners announced. They were called on stage by our sponsors and the host for the evening, Maurice Flynn from BBC East Midlands Today.
Category A - Good Friend, Good Neighbour
David Whotton Winner
Farmers Close in Glenfield wouldn’t be the same without their dedicated and community-minded neighbour David.
One of his triumphs was to organise a party for the Close and organised everything to ensure the day went smoothly. The retired police officer also hosted a BBQ for the entire close. He’s also the man to ask if you need help with your DIY!
David also helps out with canal trips, helping disabled people enjoy a great day and bringing joy to others. Known as Uncle Dave to the children of the close,
he really is the epitome of a good neighbour and brings true community spirit to the 10-house road.
Angela Corby Runner-Up
The support people have received from Angela has made her a deserved finalist at this year’s awards.
From helping people through loss and serious illness, the love and care Angela gives to those closest to her is incredible. Aside from this, Angela has experienced her own losses and difficulties, which only makes her desire to help others all the more inspirational.
Whether it’s as an auntie, mum, daughter or friend, Angela’s dedication to helping people is unwavering. As her nominator Rebekah puts it: “Angela truly is a hardworking inspiration and the most incredible woman I have ever met who goes out of her way to help anyone.”
Category B – Volunteer of the Year
Christine Whittingham Winner
Raising a child can be one of the hardest tasks people will ever have to do. In Christine, local people have the unwavering support they need if they find it difficult.
For 20 hours a week over the last 10 years, Christine has made a positive difference to families with young children who are experiencing tougher times. She offers emotional and practical support for some of the worst and most challenging circumstances.
As one family said: “I don’t think I would have got through everything without her. I was getting deeper and deeper into a hole, but she showed me the light at the end of the tunnel.”
Dave Taylor Runner-Up
Football manager, gardener, landscaper and committed parent. It’s fair to say that Dave has made a huge difference to Thistley Meadow Primary School!
After his son started two years ago, Dave has not only helped to fund and transform 1.2 acres of paddock for outdoor learning, but he set up and managed the Under 7’s football team.
He also led a family planting day, which saw 400 trees and 600 hedge plants put into place, ensuring it will be a space for children to enjoy for decades to come.
As well as all this, Dave has already committed to the project for the next 3-5 years. His determination to help Thistley Meadow transform itself and help the local pupils is a volunteering feat!
Category C – Young Achiever of the Year
Molly Lambert Winner
Not many of us would sacrifice our hair for charity, but that’s just one of the many great things Molly has done!
£150 was raised with her brilliant determination, and one year’s worth of hair growth. Both the money AND hair went to the Little Princess Trust.
But this is just one small part of her brilliance. Molly is also a prominent LGBTQ representative for young people in the local area, and helped set up a support group for students with low-level mental health at her college.
As well as being a member of the diabetic choir to raise awareness and funds, she is also part of the Youth Council and puts forward passionate and mature views on many topics.
Chloe Lake Runner-Up
Braunstone Town resident Chloe has spent the last two years devoting her time to raise thousands of pounds for good causes.
She has supported a number of charities, including Rainbows, LAMP and the Bamboozle Theatre Group.
Her exploits have included abseiling down Trafford Belltower and a 500-ft zipwire down a Welsh quarry, overcoming her own fears!
Other charitable events include running exploits, which started with a 10k run for LAMP, whilst next year’s marathon attempt will collect funds for Bamboozle.
Chloe is a young local resident we can all be proud of, with her fundraising an inspiration for people to get involved with charities.
Category D – Best Community Group, Community Achievement
Whetstone Good Neighbour Scheme Winner
“The scheme has helped me and my friends to live an independent life, which would be very dull and lonely without them.” – Mrs B Tilston
Only established in 2016, the Whetstone Good Neighbour Scheme has already changed the lives of people like Mrs Tilston.
The group of committed volunteers undertake many tasks, including lifts to the shops, hospital, completing applications or small tasks that we usually don’t even think about.
Already a success, the scheme will be an inspiration for any others launching in the future.
Their incredible work with isolated people and a fantastic NINE separate nominations highlight how vital this scheme has already become to some people in Whetstone.
CC Buzz Runner-Up
A group that truly makes a positive impact on lives, CC Buzz is one of the hidden gems in our district.
Meeting weekly in Countesthorpe, the group supports people with various learning difficulties aged 21 to 70. CC Buzz come together to perform plays, raise funds and have fun!
While the dedicated volunteers make it all happen, it’s the members of the group who make sure they are entertaining their audience or raising money for good causes.
With a son as part of the group, Nominator Patricia said: “I can honestly say it has changed his life, he has more confidence in himself and is eager to join in.”