The Rt. Hon. David Blunkett MP joined more than 250 residents, volunteers and group leaders at Sheffield Wednesday Football Club to celebrate the Shiregreen Community Awards.
Now in its third year, this prestigious annual event, recognises the contribution that individuals have made in supporting the community of Shiregreen.
Local residents nominated people for a number of awards, including Good Neighbour, Fundraiser of the Year, Health Heroes, Outstanding Achievement and Volunteer of the Year.
They also had the chance to nominate people for a further two new awards which mark the achievements of young people - The Young Achiever of the Year award and The Karl Barton Award, in the honour of a former resident who was dedicated to helping young people, who sadly died in 2011.
Local band The Motown Years entertained guests at the glittering event in the Hillsborough Stadium 1867 Suite, and a fun photo booth also proved extremely popular on the night.
A charity raffle raised £700 with funds going to children’s cancer charity Amy’s Retreat and Help for Heroes. Prizes included tickets to a football match, shopping vouchers, a computer tablet, and signed Owls shirt.
They were generously donated by Hartley Brook Academy, Shiregreen Tenants and Residents Association (TARA), St Patrick’s Catholic Voluntary Academy, The Workshop, Harmony Music School, Sheffield Wednesday Football Club and local Shiregreen shops Kattra and Tony’s DIY.
Mr Blunkett MP, who handed out awards on the night, said: “The Shiregreen Community Awards do much to reinforce the positive identity of the Shiregreen neighbourhood, by rewarding good citizenship and volunteering. I sincerely congratulate all those who work so hard to make a positive difference for Shiregreen.
“This is about making a difference but it is also about maintaining morale and hope for the future at a time of enormous pressures on both families and public services.”
Colleen Eccles, Sanctuary’s director of neighbourhoods, added: “The record number of nominations we received this year highlights the popularity and importance of this event to local people."
“We are particularly proud to include an award in memory of Shiregreen’s Karl Barton, who did so much for young people during his life. I would like to sincerely thank all his family for sponsoring this award and for supporting the event on the night.”
A gallery of photos from the event can be viewed online by visiting http://www.shiregreen.net/gallery/ and you can join in the conversation on twitter by using #shiregreenawards.