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Celebration time for Sanctuary residents in Chester

16 December 2019
Ria Burns, resident Cyril Steen celebrate their award with Paul Knight

More than 50 Sanctuary Housing residents from Chester came together to enjoy a special event celebrating their efforts and achievements over the past year.

The annual Resident Review is a chance for Sanctuary’s local neighbourhood team to say thank you to the groups and individuals who volunteer their time to help shape and improve services and make a difference to their local communities.

This year’s event, held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, began with a Christmas carol concert performed by children from St Clare's Catholic Primary School.

Sanctuary staff delivered a review of the year’s activities and achievements, before awards and prizes were handed out to residents who have made a particularly significant contribution during the last 12 months.

Among the winners were Ramon Lavender, who received the prestigious ‘Rose Bowl’ in Sanctuary’s 2019 garden competition, and Cyril Steen, who won the ‘Volunteer of the Year’ award, which was voted for by fellow residents.

Guests also enjoyed presentations from Pennysmart and Minerva Arts, who talked about the benefits and impact of their partnerships with Sanctuary during the last year, as well as a seasonal Christmas lunch and entertainment from local musician Nathan Turner.

Donations were also gathered for West Cheshire Foodbank, with several boxes packed full of useful items delivered to the charity following the event.

Ria Burns, Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnership manager, said: “The Resident Review is an opportunity for people to come together and celebrate all the positive work going on in our local communities.

“It was another wonderful occasion and we’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who attended and to all our residents for their efforts throughout the year. We’re looking forward to continuing the good work together in the 12 months ahead.”

Felicity Turner, a Sanctuary resident from Chester who attended, added: “I’d like to thank the Sanctuary team for organising the event. I had a wonderful time and everyone worked so hard to give us a lovely day.”

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