The remarkable contribution the Shiregreen community has made to their neighbourhood has been marked in an awards ceremony where more than 250 residents, volunteers and group leaders were joined by Howard Webb MBE.
Cutlers Hall, Sheffield, was the venue to celebrate the fourth annual Shiregreen Community Awards. Special guests the Rt. Hon. David Blunkett MP and Master Cutler David Grey MBE with his wife Mistress Cutler Ruth Grey also attended the event.
Shiregreen residents nominated people in nine categories, including Good Neighbour and Fundraiser of the Year. Two new awards this year were the Kath Page Green Fingers Award, in remembrance of a dedicated fundraiser and advocate for Concord Park, and the Sports Personality of the Year award recognising the contribution made by an individual to encourage and support others to participate in sport.
Local young people
The achievements of young people in the Shiregreen area were also commended through the Young Achiever of the Year award and the Karl Barton Award, in honour of a former resident who was dedicated to helping young people, who sadly died in 2011.
A charity raffle raised over £550 with funds going to children’s cancer charity Amy’s Retreat. Prizes included music lesson vouchers, a top of the range computer tablet and large Dulux dog soft toy.
Students from Firth Park Academy also gave a moving interpretive dance piece to kick off the evening, along with three solo singing performances.
Generous sponsors of the awards were Hartley Brook Academy, Shiregreen Tenants and Residents Association, The Workshop, Harmony Music School, Carney Academy, SOAR, Office Team, British Gas, CDP Print Management, Gompels HealthCare Ltd, Dulux Trade, IG Group and PI Law Direct.
Howard Webb said: “I am very passionate about promoting and reinforcing the positivity of the Shiregreen neighbourhood and these awards are the perfect opportunity to do this. They are about giving thanks and recognition to the residents of Shiregreen that go above and beyond their day to day lives to make a difference in their community.
“It was a pleasure to be involved in the evening and I met some truly inspirational people – it is something Shiregreen should be proud of!”
Colleen Eccles, Sanctuary’s director of neighbourhoods, commented: “It is fantastic to see how groups across different ages are coming together. One example that really demonstrates this is the Firth Park Academy Cultural Ambassadors sharing their talents of singing and dancing with the residents of Park View Residential Care Home. This was an inspiring project from the past 12 months that went beyond the original expectations and has led to students volunteering in their spare time.”
Mr Blunkett MP added: “Volunteering and commitment to the community is the glue which holds our society together. I have been proud and privileged to represent the people of north east Sheffield, who are the salt of the earth.”