Good Citizens from the area awarded for their dedication

Some of the award-winning Donington in Bloom team. INSET: Young Citizen of the Year winner Jess Forbes, from Boston. NA
Some of the award-winning Donington in Bloom team. INSET: Young Citizen of the Year winner Jess Forbes, from Boston. NA

VOLUNTEERS in the Boston area have been given Lincolnshire County Council Good Citizens Awards for their dedication to improving their local communities.

After a three-month public vote, Boston teenager Jess Forbes and a team of 19 volunteers from Donington have each received an award.

Some of the award-winning Donington in Bloom team. INSET: Young Citizen of the Year winner Jess Forbes, from Boston. NA

Some of the award-winning Donington in Bloom team. INSET: Young Citizen of the Year winner Jess Forbes, from Boston. NA

Jess Forbes, 16, won the Young Citizen of the Year Award for her efforts to bring together youngsters, people with disabilities, and those from ethnic backgrounds.

The teenager is the co-founder of an innovative project called WAM (What About Me?) which aims to bring young people in the community together, including those with disabilities or from different ethnic backgrounds.

To launch the scheme, Jess needed both publicity and fundraising skills, successfully applying for a grant from the county council.

Jess said she was ‘really surprised’ to be crowned Young Citizen of the Year, adding: “I just thought it was an ordinary thing to do, helping the community out.”

The team of residents from Donington in Bloom took the Community Group of the Year Award for their efforts which have seen the village win both regional and national acclaim.

Donington has progressed from bronze to gold awards during six years’ participation in the Royal Horticultural Society’s East Midlands in Bloom, and is a large village finalist in this year’s Britain in Bloom.

Nominator Michael Short described them as ‘dedicated volunteers who work tirelessly through the year’ and praised their development of a community herb garden.