Town Council celebrates volunteers and rewards community champions

Royal Sutton Coldfield Town Council has celebrated volunteers and community champions in its second Community Awards evening.

130 people from over 40 voluntary organisations attended the event at the Town Hall to hear the winners announced by the Mayor:

Following the success of the first event held in 2017, the Town Council wanted to reward the contribution of residents who give their time and make a difference to the lives of their neighbours, their communities and to the whole of Sutton Coldfield.

The winners were:

Mayor’s Special Recognition Award – Sobhia Mahmood

Sobhia is a dedicated and longstanding volunteer with the Mayor’s nominated charity Acacia Family Support. She volunteers at Acacia drop in centre at St John’s Church in Walmley and has raised thousands of pounds for the organisation.

Sobhia had no idea that she was going to be presented with this award, and was taken completely by surprise at the event. She commented: “I was shocked and thrilled to receive the Mayor’s Special Recognition Award.”

Good Citizen/ Neighbour of the Year Award – Leona Leung

Leona set up a non profit community school for children from low income families to receive additional Maths and English support and also founded Chinese Active Citizens UK.

Leona said: “Winning was such a delightful surprise as I see myself as an everyday person. It is great to stand amongst inspiring members of our local community, also to see all ages, colours and backgrounds involved to make our local area positive and inspirational for future generations. I will continue to work hard for our community.”

Young Person Award – Cormac Wade

Cormac took the initiative to contact FOLIO to offer his media skills. He has created YouTube videos demonstrating what FOLIO does. He volunteers with his schools chaplaincy team running fundraising events and donates time to a local Youth Theatre.

Cormac said: “I am delighted to have received the Young Person’s Award this evening. It was only possible through the help and guidance from the trustees at FOLIO Sutton Coldfield and the staff at my school, Bishop Walsh, who have supported and encouraged me to get involved with charities that are close to me.”

Volunteer of the Year Award – Patricia Brighton

Patricia is Head of fundraising at Cancer Support Centre. She has been volunteering for over 8 years and is committed to volunteering nearly every day of the week. Her team of volunteers have raised over £300k for the Centre.

Patricia said: “I was so very delighted to win the Volunteer award for Royal Sutton Coldfield, which is a great honour. We all had a very good evening and met a lot of inspiring people, what a great Community we have in Royal Sutton Coldfield.”

Community Event of the Year – Sutton Coldfield Community Games

Sutton Coldfield Community Games encourages the whole community to try new sport, get active, make use of the park, spend time with friends and families and promote local clubs

Dennis Kennedy is founder of Sutton Coldfield Community Games. He said: “I am absolutely thrilled to receive this award. Huge thanks to all the sports clubs, our ambassadors and most importantly everyone who comes to the games.”

Community Group of the Year – Jean and Bernard Robinson ‘Elevenses Group’

Jean and Bernard host Elevenses, a social group for the older generation of Harvest Field’s Estate for people to come and relax, chat and make new friends. The group has grown in numbers and they provide support for people who have lost loved ones.

The Mayor of Sutton Coldfield, Councillor Derrick Griffin commented: “Sutton Coldfield has a long, strong and proud tradition of people doing exceptional work for the benefit of residents. Good people make our Royal town a great place to live and I am delighted that we have recognised and celebrated so many good people this evening.”

Andrew Mitchell MP attended the event. He said: “This was a wonderful ceremony honouring the best of the Royal Town and the marvellous work done in our community by the many organisations and individuals who make our town what it is. The breadth and scope of our local awards are a tribute to the hard work of our Royal Town Mayor, Derrick Griffin.”

Winners were chosen from nominations received by the Town Council in August and September.

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