FUNDRAISERS, community groups and charities have been recognised for their hard work at a prestigious awards ceremony.
An outstanding 10 Derbyshire County Council ‘Excellence in the Community’ awards were scooped in Erewash, out of 80 winners county-wide.
Awards were given in six categories, including fundraising, volunteering and helping to make Derbyshire a safer place.
The Pegasus Monday Club, based in the Flamsteed Centre in Ilkeston was nominated by Cllr Michelle Booth who said that Mathew Newport and his team are ‘dedicated and committed volunteers’.
Mr Newport appealed for volunteers when the club faced closure and has now boosted numbers by introducing music to the lunchtime gathering.
Other Ilkeston winners included George and Geraldine Lamb who have spent 20 years raising money for the Erewash Royal Air Force Association.
In 2010 alone, they raised £25,000 for the organisations Battle of Britain appeal.
Gill Riley, of West Hallam, was awarded for making Ilkeston a safer place through her work as secretary for the town’s Neighbourhood Watch Suport Group.
Tracey and Darren Parker, founders of The Ben Parker Trust, also picked up an award for their charity work.
The organisation was set up in memory of their son who died from leukaemia aged 13 and provides two caravans in Mablethorpe to provide a break for children with cancer and their families.
Esther Collington was recognised for her estimated 5,000 hours of voluntary service with Friends groups looking after the church and lake in Kirk Hallam, Shipley Country Park and Stanton Road Cemetery.
Ilkeston’s Chris Edwards was awarded for his many unpaid hours of work for Derby Kids’ Camp, giving free holidays to vulnerable county children in the Peaks.
And Col Mike Cheetham of Stanley won an award for raising between £5m and £6m for charities in the last 30 years.
Long Eaton’s winners included Betty Thompson, an ‘inspirational’ fundraiser for local churches and charities.
Linda Brown, centre manager of Erewash Volunteer Centre, was recognised for her work in ensuring that vulnerable clients receive visits from volunteers.
And awarded for her many hours of unpaid work at Long Eaton Judo Club was Jane Truman.
Leader Cllr Andrew Lewer said: “We hope highlighting successful individuals and projects will inspire other people to get involved and play a positive role in their community.”