Pride of Stevenage Award winners for 2018 announced

08 Oct 2018

Eight amazing people and organisations were honoured on Saturday 29 September as the recipients of the 2018 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 held at the Forum Banqueting Suite in Stevenage. The evening was hosted by the Mayor of Stevenage, Councillor Mrs Margaret Notley.

This year’s winners were selected by a panel of judges from the many nominations made by members of the public. Here is the list of winners and their individual categories.

  • The Dedication Award, to recognise long service and longstanding dedication to voluntary or community work in Stevenage, went to Sandra King.  For over 30 years, Sandra has been the glue that holds the Symonds Green Community Centre together and keeps it full of great ideas.  Sandra has gone above and beyond her normal duties, and as a result her time and commitment has led to the extension and introduction of a new community centre coffee bar.
  • The Green Award, for those who help keep Stevenage clean and green, was presented to Bragbury End Gardening Group. In 2016, Bragbury End Residents’ Association identified a strip of land to create a community garden.  A dedicated team of green-fingered volunteers have responded and planted raised beds and bushes at the garden, and have mulberry, walnut, pear and cherry trees as well as flowers and shrubs.
  • The Team Award (Sponsored by Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce), 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 Nationwide Building Society. The team has willingly given up their time to take part in many fundraising activities, including collecting for the local food bank.
  • The Caring Award (Sponsored by Fosters Legal LLP), for someone who carries out acts of kindness, including charity work and fundraising, was awarded to Jordan Dutt.  Jordan is a selfless person who goes out of his way to help and support other people, and has been helping the scouts to support the homeless.  On top of this, he has been a young carer for several years and has been a keen community fundraiser.
  • The Sporting Award, for achievements in sport in Stevenage, went to Peter Dixon.  Peter started his own self-funded BIG MOVERS group in Stevenage.  They meet once a week at the Marriott Sports Centre for group exercise and much more.
  • The Enterprise Award (Sponsored by: Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce), for a business, individual or organisation that makes a real contribution to life in Stevenage was awarded to Alex Lang, who runs Crucial Crew for young children in Stevenage.  It encourages model behaviour and good citizenship. Alex also organises a number of charitable events.
  • The Young Star Award (Sponsored by Lawrence Dean Recruitment), for a group or individuals that has made significant achievements at school, college or in their local community went to Holly Manning. Ten year old Holly has raised almost £2,600 herself with help from her family.  She has completed the Macmillan All Out Swim twice, swimming nearly four kilometres. Holly has also been involved with her football club, Stevenage Starlets FC and raised £2,300 for Breast Cancer Care.
  • The Judges’ Special Award was presented to Debbie Reynolds, who has worked for Citizens Advice Stevenage for the past 18 years and has been responsible for the service.  This award is in recognition of her successful contribution to the lives of residents in our town.

The Mayor of Stevenage, Councillor Mrs Margaret Notley, said “We have honoured some of Stevenage’s unsung heroes, those wonderful individuals who give their time, passion and skills to make Stevenage the great community that it is. Congratulations to them all.”