by Iain Roberts on 23 October, 2015
Stockport’s outstanding and extraordinary citizens were honoured at the ‘Proud of Stockport’ awards in the Town Hall on Thursday 22 October.
The awards were set up by the Council to encourage a stronger sense of pride and community spirit in the borough.
The awards recognise individuals, groups or teams who go out of their way to make Stockport a better place.
People from all over Stockport were able to make nominations by posting forms and completing online application forms on the awards’ website www.stockport.gov.uk/proudofstockport
And at the ceremony, all the winners and highly commended award winners were presented with a trophy and commemorative certificate by the Mayor of Stockport, Councillor Andrew Verdeille.
The award category winners and highly commended award winners are:
• Ambassador for Stockport – rewarding someone who has helped to give Stockport a good name and improve its reputation.
Winner: Jackie Sanderson, STUFF (Stockport User Friendly Forum)
• Champion for Young People – rewarding a person or group of people who influence children’s day to day lives in a positive way.
Winner: Stockport Foster Carers Association
• Community-Spirited Organisation – rewarding the Stockport organisation that puts a lot back into the community.
Highly Commended: Midweek Group
Winner: The Furniture Station
• Sports Champion – rewarding those involved in sport in Stockport.
Winner: Leah Ferneyhough
• Volunteering Champion – rewarding individuals or groups of people who make a real difference to Stockport.
Highly Commended: Patricia Peacock
Winner: Claire Alcock
• Young Citizen of the Year – rewarding young people who help their community.
Highly Commended: Leighton James
Winner: Lee Kershaw
• Special Police and Crime Commissioner award
Winner: Danny Wood
• Special Police award
Winner: Ed Leavy
• Special Fire and Rescue Service award
Winner: The Rotary Club of Stockport Lamplighter
Councillor Sue Derbyshire, Leader of Stockport Council, said: “It’s fantastic to see so many wonderful people and organisations getting the recognition they deserve because these awards really do show that there are lots of reasons to be proud of Stockport.
“It was a huge honour to be a part of such a prestigious evening in the Stockport calendar because the Proud of Stockport awards are always an event that I really look forward to, largely because it’s always so humbling to meet a vast amount of people who invest so much of their own time and effort to improve their local communities, often going unrecognised when they deserve to be acknowledged for always going that extra mile.
“The list of winners this year once again demonstrates the very best of our extraordinary citizens across our borough. There are plenty of people doing exceptional and selfless tasks to make our area a better place to live and work, and that is why the awards are always such a special occasion, because it gives us all a chance to recognise and thank some of our community heroes by putting them into the spotlight and celebrating all that’s been done for the good of Stockport.”
Proud of Stockport 2015 partners include Greater Manchester Police, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd, Solutions SK, Stockport College, Stockport Homes, Life Leisure, Pure Innovations and Carillion.Leave a comment