Community heroes honoured at awards

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Outstanding people had their achievements and contributions to communities across Derbyshire recognised at an awards ceremony this week.

Derbyshire County Council hosted its annual Excellence in the Community Awards to honour individuals, groups, voluntary groups and charities which are making a difference to the lives of others.

NILA 28-07-12 BE 3 Canaan trust charity bed push from Ilkeston market place. Kevin Curtis manager and mascot.

NILA 28-07-12 BE 3 Canaan trust charity bed push from Ilkeston market place. Kevin Curtis manager and mascot.

Councillor Andrew Lewer, Leader of Derbyshire County Council, introduced the awards which recognised achievements in six categories, fundraising for good causes, volunteering in the community, protecting Derbyshire’s environment, helping make Derbyshire a safer place to live, work and visit, improving life by helping create closer, caring and active communities and promoting Derbyshire through sporting, musical, academic or artistic success.

Cllr Lewer said: “Our annual Excellence in the Community Awards are our way of saying thank you to some amazing people who do so much to support and improve communities across Derbyshire.

“Every day an army of volunteers go the extra mile to make Big Society work across the county, and we are very fortunate to have people who volunteer, raise money, look after our environment, and help others stay safe.

“We hope highlighting successful individuals and projects will inspire other people to get involved and play a positive role in their community.”

read more about Erewash’s winners below...

Graham Peck

Kirk Hallam - Improving life and voluntering

Graham was nominated for his award by Cllr Louis Booth who said that his work impacts on so many people’s lives in a quiet manner.

British Cycling's performance director Dave Brailsford during the World Track Cycling Championships at the Ballerup Super Arena, Copenhagen, Denmark. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday March 28, 2010. Photo credit should read: Tim Ireland/PA Wire.

British Cycling's performance director Dave Brailsford during the World Track Cycling Championships at the Ballerup Super Arena, Copenhagen, Denmark. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday March 28, 2010. Photo credit should read: Tim Ireland/PA Wire.

Graham commits many hours voluntary time to various community events in Ilkeston which are affiliated to the United Reform Church and Scouting groups.

He helps co-ordinate people with different services, resources, events and activities, opens up for community groups, liaises over dates and bookings, and serves as a non-member on the buildings committee.

Dave Brailsford

Ilkeston - Achievement

After a summer of sporting success performance director of British Cycling Dave Brailsford was an obvious choice for an honour.

The 12-medal haul of Team GB’s cyclists at this summer’s London Olympics was the most successful by any cycling team in modern history.

A former cyclist himself, Dave has dedicated himself to the sport throughout his career, holding a number of prestigious positions.

Jane Bancroft

Ilkeston - Improving life

Jane has been running a specialised health and fitness class for 20 years, providing support and a rehabilitation exercise programme for groups or individuals with specific health issues.

She helps members gain better health and boosts their confidence and their quality of life.

Jane was nominated for her award by Cllr Michelle Booth.

Canaan Trust

Long Eaton - Improving life

The Canaan Trust was nominated by Erewash Borough Council for its excellent work to improve life in the community by providing 24-7 support and care for homeless people in Ilkeston and Long Eaton.

Around 35 homeless people are helped in supported accommodation each year with many more being assisted out in the community on a daily basis.

Funding to keep the trust running is obtained through charitable donations and grant applications submitted by project manager, Kevin Curtis.

Other winners included Susan Coxon and June Oliver who were both handed an award for their volunteering work. Susan was nominated for her work with the 4th Sawley Methodist Guides and Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Susan has worked tirelessly behind the scenes to keep the Guides unit open - even giving use of her garage for two decades to store equipment - and it is now a thriving group with 20 girls. She is also a guest speaker and driver for the Guide Dogs for the Blind, volunteer puppy walker, and can often be seen around the supermarkets, shops, and banks of Long Eaton attempting to train a rebellious puppy into a much-needed working animal.

June Oliver has a long history of fundraising and supporting charities. Her dedication includes 14 years volunteering at the Sawley Cornergate Luncheon Club, holding coffee mornings, doing sponsored walks and having strawberry cream teas in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support and ten years fundraising for Treetops Hospice in Draycott.

For seven years June has organised concerts in aid of children with leukaemia, Marie Curie and the Antony Nolan Trust, and she collects for the annual Rotary shoebox appeal.