COMMUNITY AWARDS: Spirit of volunteering shines through

The LCVS award winners. Photo: Mel Nader
The LCVS award winners. Photo: Mel Nader

Unsung community heroes from the Skegness area were among those awarded at a special ceremony on Friday.

Lincolnshire Community Voluntary Service (LCVS) held the awards to recognise their hard work and dedication and how they have contributed to stronger and better communities.

Nominees and their guests were invited to attend the awards ceremony held at Blackfriars Theatre and Arts Centre, in Spain Lane, Boston.

Awards were given in nine categories including small charity, big achiever, trustee of the year and bringing communities together.

Opening the ceremony, LCVS chief executive David Fannin said: “I hope you will agree that this is a wonderful venue for such a special occasion in a town that sometimes does not get the good publicity it deserves for its history, beautiful architecture and enduring community spirit.

“The Blackfriars is a wonderful stage for this event, and it’s not every day I get to walk on a red carpet. This is in part a celebration of the work and achievements of the excellent team of staff and volunteers at Lincolnshire CVS over the last year who have worked with all of the nominees in one way or another and many, many more.

“Most importantly we are here to recognise the achievement, commitment and dedication of the unsung heroes in our local communities.”

Nominations for the awards in nine categories came from LCVS teams working across the county - with Boston winning two.

Skegness Live and Learn’s seamstress Maggie Gray and her colleagues were awarded in the Innovative Project (Bert Shaw Award) category, while Paula Clark, chairman of Wainfleets2gether won the Bringing Communities Together Award.

The other nominees from the Skegness area were:

l Innovative Project (Bert Shaw Award): Coastal Community Media.

lTrustee of the Year: Christine Lewry, Chapel St Leonards.

l All-round Commitment to Health and Wellbeing: The Storehouse, Skegness and David Bruce, New Life Centre, Spilsby.

l Bringing Communities Together: Marie Caine, Winthorpe Community Partnership.

Mr Fannin added: “For every person or organisation supported a difference has been made to that person or a local community. That makes me very proud. In many respects everyone who is here today is a winner.”

He offered thanks to Duncan & Toplis Accountants for sponsoring the event.

LCVS is a not-for-profit organisation with teams across the county.

They work to help community-minded people and groups to get established, achieve their goals and flourish. To volunteer with LCVS call 01205 365580.