Award winners who have 'made a difference' during pandemic

Local people who have made a difference to others during the coronavirus pandemic have been presented with awards.

Uttlesford District Council is aware of hundreds of people who have gone above and beyond to support their local community. Keen to celebrate and recognise this, Cllr Martin Foley, Chair of the Council in 2020/21, launched the 'Uttlesford Making A Difference Awards' earlier this year.

Over 100 nominations were received across the eight categories, which were considered by an independent panel of judges. The winners were recently presented with a certificate and glass plaque in recognition of their efforts. Certificates were also sent to those who were Highly Commended, whilst everyone who was entered into the awards received a letter of thanks from Cllr Foley.

Cllr Foley said: "There are so many people across the district who have stepped up to help others overcome personal hardships during a time of crisis. It has been a truly remarkable effort and epitomises what makes Uttlesford such as special place.

"These awards have been a wonderful opportunity to celebrate some of those achievements. I would like to thank the panel of judges who had a difficult job in selecting just one winner in each category. Every entrant is a worthy winner, and it has been a privilege to acknowledge their commitment and dedication."

The winners of the awards are:

·       Team Working - Dr Richard Boyce for his role in leading the successful Covid vaccination centre at Lord Butler Leisure Centre

·       Creativity - Hannah Kidman for her creative ideas to keep up spirits and connect people in Hatfield Broad Oak

·       Technology - Patrick Whittick for his ongoing efforts to support people of all ages with their technology problems so that they can stay in touch with loved ones

·       Fundraising - Martin Zelley for raising almost £20,000 for the Princess Alexandra Hospital by running his own bike 'clinic' from his Dunmow home

·       Keeping Active - Rory Wilson for his energy and dedication in keeping hundreds of young scouts active and engaged

·       Young Person - Lucy Kay for being an inspiration to young netball players in Saffron Walden and keeping them active and engaged

·       Good Neighbour - Karen Clarke for going above and beyond to help and support others in the Barnston community

·       Kindness - The Swan Inn, Felsted for being a hub of support for the local community

25 May 2021

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