9 December 2015

The first ‘unsung heroes’ of Sheffield’s new Civic Awards received their honours in the Town Hall last night.

Twenty-two local people were recognised for their valuable contribution to the community covering a wide range of activities. These ranged from dedicated charity fund-raisers to enthusiastic volunteers working to support young people and community cohesion in the city.

Sheffield City Council re-launched the Lord Mayor’s Civic Awards scheme to thank local people who work in the community to improve the lives of others.

Recipients of the award include a woman who has fostered more than 250 children over a 20 year period and two women who have worked as Street Pastors supporting the homeless. Another award-winner has worked with highly deprived families, asylum seekers and refugees in the city for over 25 years and Sheffield’s ‘man with a pram’, John Burkhill, who has worked tirelessly to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer for over 28 years.

Councillor Talib Hussain, the Lord Mayor of Sheffield said: “I was able to say a heartfelt thank you to all the recipients. They have worked really hard for others – often without any thanks or acknowledgement, but because they care about other people. The awards ceremony was just a small token to say thank you for their contribution to the city.”

Nominations were invited from the public during the summer and the Council received a huge number of nominations from all parts of the city.

Council Leader Julie Dore also attended the ceremony and added: “I was aware of some of the excellent work carried out in the community, but there are so many volunteers whose work goes unnoticed by the majority of local people. I was really pleased to meet these ‘unsung heroes’ who have contributed so much to the city and their fellow citizens.”

This year’s nominees included Ted Jenkins, a local hero who sadly passed away after the nominations closed, but members of his family were able to receive the Civic Award on his behalf from the Lord Mayor.

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Notes for editors:

The first Civic Award recipients were:

Peter Bagshaw – for 46 years of service as a volunteer police officer with South Yorkshire Police.

Kevin Bradley – 25 years serving homeless and vulnerable people, including at St Wilfred’s Centre.

Storm Burgess – charity fund-raiser for animal charities.

John Burkhill – charity fund-raiser for Macmillan Cancer for 28 years.

Daniel Evans – helped to put city on international theatre map.

Glenda Giblin – play activities volunteer in Burngreave.

Pete Giblin – play activities volunteer in Burngreave.

Alan Hancock – working with young people to champion integration and community cohesion.

Irene Hancock – fostered over 250 children over 20 year period.

Joan Harding – active community worker around Beighton for 40 years.

Dr Charles Heatley – for his leadership during the EBOLA outbreak in Africa, where he placed his life at serious risk for others. Diane Johnson – play activities volunteer in Burngreave.

Ted Jenkins – youth worker at Herdings Community Centre.

Nelson Kaggwa – community worker for over 25 years and organizer of UK Kidz.

Yanina Koszalinski – play activities volunteer in Burngreave and Manor Estate.

Rev Bruce Lloyd – work with young and elderly people for 35 years and at St Wilfred’s Centre.

Uriah Rennie – contributions to inclusive sport and many projects in Sheffield for over 20 years.

Robert Strafford – active with various projects for young people over the last 14 years.

Bobbie Walker – working with the homeless for 27 years and more recently with Street Pastors.

Tricia Watts – set up and co-ordinated Sheffield Street Pastors since 2009.

Ron Wiltshire – charity fund-raiser for the British Legion.

Adam Yusuf – community worker particularly with the Somali community for 20 years.