A schoolgirl who cut off her hair to make wigs for cancer patients is among the inspirational Shiregreen individuals recognised at an uplifting awards ceremony.
Sanctuary Housing’s sixth annual Shiregreen Community Awards at Tankersley Manor honoured those who enrich the Shiregreen neighbourhood, at a ceremony attended by more than 200 local people, community groups and dignitaries.
Among the winners was Ellie Wareham, 13, from Firth Park Academy who picked up the Karl Barton Award for young people. Ellie, whose father died from cancer, has raised more than £600 for Macmillan Cancer Support by cutting off her waist-length hair. She also donated her locks to the Little Princess Trust to be transformed into wigs for children undergoing cancer treatment.
During the ceremony, respects were paid to the late Labour MP for Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough, Harry Harpham, who died aged 61 from cancer last year. His wife Gill Furniss MP presented the Good Neighbour award in his memory to 87-year-old Jean Wright for her tireless work at Shiregreen United Reformed Church over the past 30 years.
A new Sporting Hero Award was won by Darrell Peat, club secretary and former manager of Chapeltown Junior Football Club. He was honoured for years of work with girls and boys in the teams along with his efforts to expand the club and set up a disabled team.
The Young Achiever of the Year Award went to 18-year-old Summer Hawnt, who volunteers with the 231st Scouts in Shiregreen and at dance school where she teaches children to dance.
Members of the 231st Scouts and scout leader Craig Long won the Kath Page Green Fingers Award for their dedicated work in mowing lawns and cutting back overgrowth from elderly and vulnerable residents’ gardens in Shiregreen.
The David Blunkett Community Safety Award was won by a resident who apprehended two men trying to break into a property and called the police. He also found a wallet in the street and managed to get it returned to the rightful owner.
Colleen Eccles, Sanctuary Housing’s director of neighbourhoods, said: “These awards highlight the remarkable and passionate people that make Shiregreen such a great place to live. This was our way of saying thank you to those who selflessly dedicate their time to their community.”
Lord Blunkett said: “Over the next three to four years, things will continue to be difficult and that’s why by people working together and going the extra mile like this, we will survive.”
The Awards are supported by Sanctuary’s Community Investment Fund and event sponsors Harmony Music School, The Workshop, Sheffield International Venues (SIV), Sheffield Wednesday Football Club and Q Hotels Tankersley Manor. Award sponsors were Joan and Roger Barton, Shiregreen TARA, MP Gill Furniss, Lord Blunkett, Jane Bird and Councillor Peter Price.
A raffle at the ceremony also raised £500 for Amy’s Retreat, which helps families who have children with cancer spend quality time away from home.