Wednesday 25 March 2015

A scheme to acknowledge the work of Sheffield’s ‘unsung heroes’ has been announced at today’s (25 March) meeting of the City Council.

In response to a campaign to recognise the charity fund-raising efforts of John Burkhill, the Leader of the City Council, Councillor Julie Dore and the Lord Mayor of Sheffield Councillor Peter Rippon have suggested re-launching a Civic Awards scheme in Sheffield.

Sheffield already has the popular Sheffield Legends – a ‘walk of fame’ that honours local celebrities who have achieved national, or preferably international, repute in their areas of work.

Councillor Julie Dore, Leader of Sheffield City Council said: “We are very much aware of the tremendous fund-raising work carried out by John Burkhill in Sheffield. I can announce we will be re-launching the Civic Awards scheme to honour these ‘unsung heroes’ who play such a valuable part in our local society – often without any thanks or acknowledgement.

“We know how many people make a tremendous contribution to this city and I hope that launching this scheme will provide some recognition of their work. These awards will be nominated by local people every year and will be personally thanked by the Lord Mayor in recognition of their efforts.”

Councillor Peter Rippon, the Lord Mayor of Sheffield said: “It’s great to be able to recognise what people have done in Sheffield and this is a small token to say thank you. John has done some tremendous work for the city over many years.”

It is intended that nominations from the public will be requested each year for both the Sheffield Legends and Civic Awards and an independent Selection Board, chaired by the Lord Mayor, would choose those to be recognised.

Details about how to nominate people for this year’s Civic Awards and Sheffield Legends will be announced shortly.