Unsung community heroes celebrated at North Kesteven awards

Some of the best examples of community spirit have been celebrated at an annual awards evening.

The North Kesteven Community Champion Awards highlight the actions of people in the district who have carried out work quietly, tirelessly and selflessly to help others.

All of the 28 selected finalists were invited to a celebration evening at the Internationa Bomber Command Centre on Wednesday, October 10 where the judges picked out 9 winners.

Councillor Richard Wright, the council leader, said: “It is an honour for us to highlight the vast amount of voluntary work that is undertaken locally.

“These are the unsung heroes of our communities who, through their selfless motivation and quiet inspiration, make an enormous difference.

“These awards represent a small but heartfelt thank. you on behalf of the district for that.”

Good Neighbour: Susan Brown, for her vigilant care of all neighbours in her cul de sac.

Susan Brown receiving her award.

Community Business: Leadenham Teahouse, for providing the community with drinks during the floods.

Leadenham Teahous receiving their award.

Community Spirit: David Russell, for cooking a monthly three-course meal for 40 people.

David Russell receiving his award.

Contribution to Arts and Culture: Andrew Key, for his efforts to install the Heckington poppy installation.

Andrew Key receiving his award.

Young Achiever: Thomas Talbot, for securing medals at international events despite his disability.

Thomas Talbot receiving his award.

Contribution to Health and Wellbeing: Evergreen Sleaford, for reaching out to more than 120 older people to combat social isolation.

Evergreen Sleaford receiving their award.

Longstanding contribution: Michael Cullen, for his work as a church warden over the past 28 years.

Michael Cullen receiving his award.

Contribution to Better Environment: Tracey Stevenson, for helping to address the decline of the hedgehog population.

Tracy Stevenson receiving her award.

Contribution to Sport: Julie Norman, for running a judo club and ensuring that her students are active.

Julie Norman receiving her award.

Congratulations to all of the well-deserved winners of the North Kesteven Community Awards!