The winners and shortlisted nominees of this year’s Celebrating Rushcliffe Awards with Great Northern Group have been praised for their contribution to life in the Borough.
Residents, groups and community heroes took their place in a showcase celebration event of the great and good with media partner West Bridgford Wire yesterday (November 24) at Rushcliffe Arena.
It celebrated the Borough’s wonderful volunteers, businesses, organisations, environmentalists and the best of its health and wellbeing, sport and food and drink sectors.
The accolades were capped by East Leake’s Sam Perkins receiving the most prestigious award of the evening, the Pride of Rushcliffe Award, for founding charity Stand Against MND.
Diagnosed with the condition himself four years ago, his work focuses on raising vital funds to find a cure and support local palliative care across the region and beyond and has raised over £130,000 to date.
Leader of Rushcliffe Borough Council Cllr Simon Robinson led the praise to all those shortlisted for an award and to the many local sponsors who supported the accolades.
He said: “Many congratulations to our winners and to all those who were shortlisted and nominated.
“Sam’s story is an exceptional example of the incredible spirit an individual can show in the light of such adversity and he is an inspiration to us all.
“As his nominator stated, he is a well-loved person in the community and the definition of a person that makes you proud to live in Rushcliffe through all his work and positivity and I couldn’t agree more.
“The event highlighted so many who give so much to their community, group or organisation.
“Whether volunteer, business owner or community hero, they are all making a difference to people’s lives here in Rushcliffe and are hugely deserving of this recognition.
“Thank you to everyone who nominated a group or individual, it was wonderful to celebrate their achievements and to all the sponsors many of whom also help make the Borough what it is creating employment for local people.”
Media partner West Bridgford Wire Editor Pat Gamble joined the congratulations.
He said: “This was a special night with so many brilliant stories, not just of the winners but of all the shortlisted people and groups too, it’s heartening we have taken another opportunity to highlight just some of those who shine bright in our communities.
“Well done to all, you truly are all winners and thank you to the residents who nominated them for the awards.
The awards winners and shortlisted nominees were:
- Business of the Year, sponsored by Rushcliffe Business Partnership
Winner: The Tutor Boss, Bingham
Riseholme Feeds, Wysall
The Royal Oak, Radcliffe on Trent
- Food and Drink Establishment of the Year sponsored by Gilt
Winner: The Atrium, Radcliffe on Trent
Shortlisted: Vegetarian Rasoi, West Bridgford
Taste Café, West Bridgford
- Environmental Project or Group sponsored by RBC Streetwise
Winner: FarmEco Community Farm, Screveton
Friends of Rushcliffe Country Park, Ruddington
South Notts Ringing Group, Borough wide
- Sports Club of the Year sponsored by Lex Leisure
Winner: Wenlo RDA, Normanton on Soar
Nottingham Touch Rugby Club, West Bridgford
Nottingham Kayak Club, West Bridgford
- Sportsperson of the Year sponsored by Holme Pierrepont Country Park
Winner: Louis Dunne, Triathlon
Solomon Okrafo-Smart, Triathlon
Molly Palmer, Athletics – long jump
- Volunteer of the Year award sponsored by Rehab Beauty
Winner: John Burnett, West Bridgford
Farah Jamil, West Bridgford
Sam Roper, East Leake
- Community Group of the Year sponsored by Fairham
Winner: Sewa Day, Edwalton
Community Coaching Company, Borough wide
Sutton Bonington Community Shop
- Health and Wellbeing Award sponsored by Step Up Rehab
Winner: The Bipolar Lift CIC, West Bridgford
Keyworth Community Garden
- Young Person or Group of the Year sponsored by Ideagen
Winner: Aleesha Gadhia, West Bridgford
Cruise Stanley, Cotgrave
Neve and Thea Taylor, West Bridgford
- Pride of Rushcliffe Award by Proludic
Winner: Sam Perkins, East Leake
Sara Lomas, West Bridgford
Elizabeth Hutchinson, Bingham
Jennifer Manning-Ohren, Keyworth