The South Norfolk Community awards was held at Diss Corn Hall, on Thursday 7 June, to coincide with National Volunteers Week.
The awards celebrate the valuable contribution volunteers make to the district, whether running a sports club, hosting events, fundraising, or helping around the community.
We received nearly 90 nominations this year and struggled to whittle it down to nine winners.
We are pleased to announce the 2018 South Norfolk Community Awards winners are ...
Volunteer of the Year - sponsored by bf1systems
Sandra has been the backbone of the activities taken on by Miniature Donkeys for Wellbeing. She is always happy to do whatever she can for the MiniDonk cause; grooming them, picking up their poo, and keeping them fed and watered.
Sandra kindly donated her £250 winnings to Miniature Donkeys for Wellbeing. Sandra said: "They do amazing work in the community and I love volunteering for them."
Young Volunteer of the Year - sponsored by Ben Burgess
Not only does Ben coach the Under 8s at Tasburgh United Football Club, he has also brought a weekly girls football session 'Wildcats' to the area. As Chair of the Norfolk FA Youth Council, Ben also aims to give a voice to young people in Norfolk football.
Ben kindly donated her £250 winnings to Tasburgh United Football Club. Ben said: "I coach at the club and would love to get new equipment for the players."
Community Group of the Year - sponsored by Orbit
Wymondham Dementia Support Group
The group meets twice weekly and have a huge range of activities including singing, gardening and sports. They are not afraid to venture out though, a recent adventure being a boat trip to the broads!
Wymondham Dementia Support Group have donated the £250 back to themselves to continue with the great work they are doing.
Lifetime Community Hero - sponsored by East of England Co-op Funeral Care
Terry loves Denton, the village he grew up in; he has been on the Parish Council for 42 years, the Village Hall committee for 54 years, as well as ensuring the papers have been delivered for the last 28 years, in sun or snow!
Terry has kindly donated his £250 to Denton Village Hall. He said: "I wish to continue to support my local community."
Community Wellbeing Champion of the Year - sponsored by Glazing Vision
Shopie dedicates her time to littlelifts, a local charity that supports women who face chemotherapy for primary breast cancer at the NNUH. She has dedicated hours to baking and has helped to raise over £4,000 on cake alone!
Shopie donated her £250 back to the charity; littlelifts. She said: "I am a trustee of this incredible charity and this money will go a long way to supporting women with primary breast cancer."
Community Fundraiser of the Year - sponsored by Castlemeadow Care
EACH Nook Friends Group
This group was set up in 2015, with the aim of raising £1,000 per month toward the new hospice to care for children with life threatening conditions and their families. Three years on, and the group have raised over £85,000 and counting!
Each Nook Friends Group have donated the £250 to East Anglia's Children's Hospices.
Environmental Champion of the Year - sponsored by Smurfit Kappa
Since 20169, Graham has been studying the impact of discarded litter on small mammals in the environment on an entirely self-led voluntary basis. This study has since been used to support a national campaign on roadside litter led by Keep Britain Tidy.
Graham kindly donated his £250 to Greening Wymondham community group. He said "The group is very active and delivers positive improvements within the town."
Business Community Champion of the Year - sponsored by Hethel Innovation Centre
Rosy Lee's Tea Room
A small, friendly but busy tea room in Loddon, Rosy Lee's is always involved in supporting the community. Whether it is the Scarecrow festival and dog show, or ensuring that residents have a hot meal inside them, Rosy Lee's will be there.
Caroline from Rosy Lee's kindly donated her £250 to Chet Carnival & Community Group. Caroline said "I feel strongly that the group brings the whole community together."
Special Recognition Award - sponsored by Continental Product Engineering
Sandra has dedicated her life to being a Guide Leader and Brown Owl. She takes her annual leave to support unique Guiding activities such as sleeping at the Sealife centre! Sandra spends her free time making sure that others enjoy Guiding in the same way she did as a little girl.
Sandra kindly donated the £250 back to 1st Alpington Brownies, so they can continue having fun!
Thank you to everyone who nominated this year, all our amazing nominees and the winners.
Special thanks to this year's award sponsors:
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