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Outstanding Achievement Awards 2019

The sixteenth Outstanding Achievement Awards will take place at the Marriott Leicester on Thursday 03 October. Eight finalists, along with their friends and families will attend the ceremony where four winners will be announced.

Award Finalists 2019

Good Friend, Good Neighbour

Winner - Julie Oldfield

For the last seven years, Julie Oldfield has been a pillar of support for older residents in Braunstone

Loneliness is a huge issue for many, but for the nearly 20 older people Julie helps, this isn’t something they need to worry about. From the small tasks like collecting medication or mowing lawns, Julie is happy to help wash bed sheets, cook hot meals and accompany them to the doctors or hospital.

Her selflessness ensures that she makes a positive difference to the residents she helps in the district.

The tasks undertaken are vital to helping them live independently in their own home, which is a vital contribution to the local health economy.

Runner-Up - Beverley and Ken Bunney

For many, Beverley and Ken Bunney would be what you’d describe as dream neighbours, and Anne
Wilkins, who nominated them, would definitely say she was lucky.

Anne has lived next door to Beverley and Ken for more than thirty years. In that time, they have offered so much invaluable help to Anne over three decades without the expectation of so much as a thank you.

Beverley is the garden whizz whilst Ken helps to fix all kinds of items, from hoovers to bikes, and has a tool or solution for everything!

Now in their late seventies, they show no signs of stopping being such good neighbours, and they are worthy finalists in this year’s Achievement Awards.

Volunteer of the Year

Winner - Ann Dixon

Ann joined the Blaby and Glen Parva Drop-In Centre back in 1966 and was the chair up until earlier this year, stepping down after 53 years of incredible service.

During that time she was a vital member of the team and an outstanding advocate for the centre.
While Ann will remain as a Committee member, her half-century contribution to not only the group but to her local community sees her as a richly deserved finalist at the Achievement Awards.

Ann offers at least six hours a week of her time. Over 53 years, this means she has given around 16,500 hours of her time for the local community.

Runner-Up - Bruce and Andrea Carman

Nominated by five different people, Bruce and Andrea Carman is the reason the village of Stoney Stanton comes together every year.

For six years they have been the husband and wife team running the Stoney Stanton Carnival. This unenviable volunteering task involves precise planning, fundraising and enthusiasm to cope with
even the worst carnival weather conditions!

As Chair and Secretary of the committee, they are responsible for the health and safety, organising the stalls and volunteers, as well as those all-important road closures.

This year they decided to step down for a break to spend quality family time together, and this is the perfect opportunity for Blaby District Council and the Stoney Stanton community to honour them as Achievement Awards finalists.

Young Achiever of the Year

Winner - Lydia Kettlewell

Six-year-old Lydia was born weighing just three pounds nine ounces, and has had treatment on her hip for a genetic disorder.

But this hasn’t stopped Lydia, who is quite literally a fighter! After eight operations and for the last two years, she has been enjoying karate twice a week in Huncote and Narborough, holds an orange belt and is on the way to earning a red belt.

As her mum Rachael says: “I can’t tell you how proud of Lydia we are… she is our little miracle baby anyway so what she does, day in, day out, we will always be proud of her. She is just Lydia, my little six year old who just plods on with life.”

Runner-Up - Shantelle York

17-year-old Shantelle approached Leicester Animal Aid in April to offer her growing expertise to assist the centre by promoting the Medical Foster Scheme.

The animation is a true story of Bertie, a dog who came into their care with a long term heart condition and is on their Medical Foster Scheme.

It took around three months to make the video, from a storyboard and sketches, creating the animations from scratch and then putting it all together into a video, complete with music and sound effects.

Animal Aid were hugely impressed with the work and it has helped draw attention to the scheme in a fun and educational way.

Best Community Group, Community Achievement

Winner - Blaby Mind Matters

Funding is such an important part of any community group, and when any funding is lost, it can be a very challenging time.

This is the situation Blaby Mind Matters faced in 2017, when the mental health support group had their funding to operate cut. What started out as a bleak situation quickly evolved as members battled to keep the group alive.

From the humble beginnings of five members meeting in a local café, there are now 26 members and six volunteers. The group works to make everyone feel safe, included and supported. It’s a vital positive and creative space for the members. Continuation of the group makes a huge difference to the members, both old and new, who get the support they need.

Runner-Up - Croft Good Neighbours

Since 2015 the small village of Croft has been able to help their elderly resident's thanks to the Croft Good Neighbour Scheme.

16 committed volunteers undertake tasks, from form filling, dog walking, transport, with carer respite also available for those who might be isolated and lonely in Croft. Last year 174 jobs were carried out. They’re also heroes in and around Croft, supporting the annual Fun Day and litter picking around the village.

The scheme is an opportunity for isolated residents have someone visit for a chat or befriending; a sympathetic ear in a time of difficulty or crisis. By visiting, volunteers are often able to pinpoint a problem and make referrals to other services who can provide long term and ongoing support.

Last updated 30 October 2019
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