Shiregreen award to honour memory of popular MP

Nominations for the Shiregreen Community Awards 2017 have opened

Annual awards celebrating the extraordinary contribution of people in Shiregreen will this year include a prize in memory of former MP Harry Harpham.

Nominations for Sanctuary Housing’s Shiregreen Community Awards 2017 open today (28 November) and residents are being encouraged to put forward local heroes who go above and beyond to help the neighbourhood.

Among this year’s six categories is the Good Neighbour Award, which will be in memory of Harry Harpham and sponsored by his wife Gill Furniss MP. The winner will be a Shiregreen resident who has gone the extra mile for the person next door.

Father-of-two and stepfather-of-three Mr Harpham was the Labour MP for Brightside and Hillsborough but sadly passed away in February, aged 61.

For the first time, the Shiregreen Community Awards 2017 will also include a new Sporting Hero Award, which shines a light on an outstanding contribution to local sport. This could be anyone from players to a coach, officials or a volunteer.

In other categories, residents are being asked to nominate enthusiastic young people for two prizes. The Young Achiever of the Year Award is for 17 to 25 year olds who have made a contribution to the community, and the Karl Barton Award - named after a former resident who was dedicated to helping young people - is for 10 to 16 year-olds for their positive community action.

The David Blunkett Community Safety Award, sponsored by Lord Blunkett, returns to recognise people who help make Shiregreen a safe and friendly place to live, while the Kath Page Green Fingers Award acknowledges those who have transformed gardens or public spaces for the benefit of the wider community, in memory of a fundraiser and advocate for Concord Park.

Colleen Eccles, Sanctuary Housing’s director of neighbourhoods, said: “These awards allow us to shine a light on the exceptional community spirit across Shiregreen and, this year, we are honoured to be able to reflect on the life of Harry Harpham with an award in his memory.

“Supporting community-led projects and places means that Sanctuary staff come across local heroes every day, so with the help of the community, this event gives us the chance to thank those people, who are dedicated to making Shiregreen a great place to live.”

Shortlisted residents will be invited to a glittering awards night on 24 February at Tankersley Manor in Barnsley, attended by local dignitaries including Sheffield Lord Mayor Denise Fox.

Nominations are open until 9 January, 2017, and can be made by requesting forms from Sanctuary’s Shiregreen Neighbourhood Office in Beck Road; emailing neighbourhoods@sanctuary-housing.co.uk or calling 0800 131 3348. A nomination form can also be found online here.