Awards honour for Cotmanhay heroes

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Community heroes were honoured when Action 4 Cotmanhay handed out awards to local residents.

The community group was inundated with nominations but managed to whittle them down to select 14 worthy winners – three of whom were handed special awards at a presentation evening held at Ilkeston Football Club.

Awards and gift vouchers were awarded by local businessman, Jim Manek and Professor Irene Hardill.


Angie Young, vice chairman of the group, said: “We were overwhelmed with nominations for community heroes and difficult decisions had to be made on who would be our winners.

“Action 4 Cotmanhay would like to congratulate every single volunteer in our community.

“It’s their care that makes Cotmanhay a great place to live and be proud of.”

Lisa Harrison, community manager at the Arena Food Bank was given a special mention for her work in the local area. She accepted the award on behalf of everyone involved with the operation.

Eleanor Reid was the next person to receive a special award. Angie explained: “Eleanor has given her whole family the strongest possible support in an extremely difficult family situation.

“Despite this she has continued to do well in her A-levels and is planning to go to University this September.”

The third special mention went to Zachary Pickford, who lost his lower legs at the age of four after contracting meningitis.

Angie said: “His strength of will and determination, his character and dignity to face discrimination have made him a very understanding and empathetic young man.”

Other winners were, Mike Pike who has set up a weekly under 11s football session in Cotmanhay.

Kathleen Mason who volunteers weekly at the Arena Food Bank.

Zee Sheldon who volunteers at 4th Ilkeston Scouts, Beavers and Cubs.

Marion Thornley who is a volunteer at Hopewell Christian Trust.

June Barnes who is school governor for Cotmanhay Infants School.

Malcolm Martin who volunteers with the children at both Granby School and Cotmanhay Young Anglers.

John Wheatley who has been a volunteer driver for many years.

Eleanor Callinan who runs the Young Pensioners Club.

Maureen and Michael Needham who have volunteered at the Community Concern Luncheon Club at the Pavilion for ten years.

Sixteen-year-old Katie Hunt who has spent the last two Christmas days volunteering at the luncheon club and raised money for Macmillian Care.

And finally Ilkeston Juniors got an award for providing free training for the young children for the organisation’s yearly football match.