Unsung heroes rewarded at special ceremony

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

Lincolnshire Community Voluntary Service (LCVS) held the awards to recognise how they had 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.

“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.

Ronnie Robinson, volunteer at Boston Samaritans and Boston Women’s Aid won the award in the category Trustee of The Year - while the reception team at Boston Volunteer Community Centre, Len Medlock Centre, took the Special Award for their all-round contribution to volunteering.

The other nominees from the Boston area were:

l Small Charity, Big Achiever: Boston Foodbank and Boston Community Transport

l Trustee of the Year: Lorraine Lenton, of The Butterfly Hospice, Sure Start and the Samaritans and Graham Beechem, of Mareham-le-Fen Village Hall.

l Bringing Communities Together: Jurate Matulioniene, chairman of Boston Lithuanian Community

l Employer Supporting Volunteering (most outstanding team): Cucino Sano, of Old Leake and Pilgrim Veterinary Surgery, Boston.

l Employer Supporting Volunteering (Employer): North Sea Camp, Boston and Environment Agency, Boston.

l All-round Commitment To Health and Wellbeing: Davina Hellon, of The Butterfly Hospice Trust, Boston Foodbank, Your Day Your Say, Boston, Wednesday Group, Boston, Thistles, Boston and Fit 4 Your Future Project.

l Impact Award: Boston Placecheck

l Special Award: All-Round contribution to Volunteering: Michael Clayton and Susan Akrill, Fishtoft Road Children’s Centre, Boston.

In addition to the awards there was acknowledgement of more than 100 people who have completed free training with LCVS in the past year.

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

LCVS is a not-for-profit organisation with teams in Boston, East Lindsey and other parts of 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.