Stevenage announces Pride Awards winners

21 Nov 2016

The winners of the 2016 Pride of Stevenage Awards were announced this evening at the Mayor’s Celebration of Stevenage event, held at the Forum Banqueting Suite. Nine winners were honoured and presented with trophies and prizes.

The Pride of Stevenage Awards recognise and reward local heroes. They celebrate the people, groups and projects that are making great things happen in Stevenage, and recognise acts of kindness, selflessness and ‘going the extra mile’.

This year’s winners are:
• The Dedication Award (Sponsored by Spencer John), to recognise long service and longstanding dedication to voluntary or community work in Stevenage, went to Andrew Smith, who has been involved with Scouting in Stevenage since 1994.

• The Green Award (Sponsored by Specialist Cars), which is for those who help keep Stevenage clean and green, was presented to Camps Hill Primary School. Camps Hill is an extremely green school, which has an after-school animal care club and a gardening club, where children learn how to grow and nurture flowers and vegetables in the schools own allotment.

• The Team Award (Sponsored by Bouygues), 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 Travel Centre team - Nigel, Michelle and Lesley - at Stevenage rail station.

• The Caring Award (Sponsored by the Follett Office), for someone who carries out acts of kindness, including charity work and fundraising, was awarded to Kerry Mitchell for her volunteer work for the Brompton Fountain, a charity that supports children and their families at the Royal Brompton Hospital in London.

• The Sporting Award (Sponsored by The Sport, Leisure and Culture Consultancy), for achievements in sport in Stevenage, went to Tom Peebles who has been the chief instructor of the Stevenage JKA Karate club for the last 13 years.

• The Enterprise Award (Sponsored by: Robert Noble Associates), for a business, individual or organisation that makes a real contribution to life in Stevenage was awarded The Business and Technology Centre (btc) for their support to local businesses.

• The Young Star Award (Sponsored by Child UK), for a group that has made significant achievements at school, college or in their local community went to Lauren Higham. Lauren is a 14-year-old Stevenage CTC cyclist who has won the Junior Blazing Saddles two years running and actively takes part in British Cycling competitions.

The judges also made two special awards in honour of the 70th anniversary of Stevenage New Town. One to Charles Hawkins, the chairman of the Fairview Road Residents’ Association (FRRA), which has been going for 10 years and has raised more than £8,000 for many different charities, and one to Stevenage Community Trust, which was formed in 1990 by the then Mayor of Stevenage, the late Councillor Hilda Lawrence. The Trust recently celebrated its Silver Jubilee and, since its inception, has given away grants totalling more than £1m.

Leader of Stevenage Borough Council, Cllr Sharon Taylor OBE, who presented the awards, said: “The Pride Awards are our small way of celebrating some of the amazing things that are going on in Stevenage every day. All over this town, hundreds of people go out of their way to help others, without asking for thanks or reward, and these awards give us the chance to say thank you to some of them. Congratulations to all our winners.”