Pride of Stevenage Award winners for 2017 announced

16 Oct 2017

Eight amazing people and organisations were honoured this evening as the recipients of the 2017 Pride of Stevenage Awards.

The awards celebrate acts of kindness and selflessness, and recognise the efforts of just some of Stevenage’s local heroes who regularly ‘go the extra mile’. They were presented at the Stevenage Community Reception, hosted by the Mayor, at the Forum Banqueting Suite in Stevenage.

This year’s winners, selected by a panel of judges from the many nominations made by members of the public, are:

• The Dedication Award, to recognise long service and longstanding dedication to voluntary or community work in Stevenage, went to Bill Pilgrim, who has spent the past 40 years raising money for charity and good causes. 

• The Green Award, for those who help keep Stevenage clean and green, was presented to Stevenage Gardens and Allotments Association. The committee dedicate many hours, week in week out, throughout the year to ensure that allotments remain useful, tidy spaces for the whole community to enjoy.

• The Team Award (Sponsored by North Herts College), for a group of people who work together to improve their local area, enhance people’s lives or provide support and opportunities to community members, went to the Park Run volunteers. Volunteers help set up and marshal the runs, organise the finish funnel, and scan runners' barcodes to record their finish times. Park Run would not happen without them.

• The Caring Award, for someone who carries out acts of kindness, including charity work and fundraising, was awarded to Jane Shann who runs the Phoenix Group for Deaf Children, an independent charity that aims to empower young people who have a hearing impairment.

• The Sporting Award, for achievements in sport in Stevenage, went to Stevenage Health Walks, a range of organised walks in the local area that help local people get more active and enjoy the outdoors. Walks are free, very sociable and anyone can join.

• The Enterprise Award (Sponsored by: Herts Chamber of Commerce), for a business, individual or organisation that makes a real contribution to life in Stevenage was awarded to Hart Learning and Development’s traineeships, whose short programmes are designed to help young people prepare for and find work.

• The Young Star Award (Sponsored by: Lawrence Dean Recruitment), for a group that has made significant achievements at school, college or in their local community went to Stevenage Army Cadets, a group of enthusiastic young people who come together to take part in challenging military, adventurous and community activities.

The Judges’ Special Award was presented to Roy Nicholson, who has spent many years dedicating his time and energy to Scouting in Stevenage. The accolade recognises his long and successful contribution to the lives of young people in Stevenage.

Leader of Stevenage Borough Council, Cllr Sharon Taylor OBE, who presented the awards, said: “Every day in our town there are people giving their own time and energy to make things better for those around them. It’s a great privilege to be able to honour these acts of kindness by presenting the Pride of Stevenage Awards. This year’s winners truly epitomise what’s great about Stevenage, and it’s fitting that we recognise their commitment. My congratulations to all our winners.”