The winners of the 7th Community Inspiration Awards were announced and celebrated at the special awards ceremony on Tuesday 4 July 2017.
The annual awards, hosted by Luminus in partnership with The Hunts Post, recognises local unsung heroes who go the extra mile to serve their communities and make Cambridgeshire a better place.
The event was held at Luminus’ Brook House Headquarters in Huntingdon, with awards presented in seven categories: Good Neighbour, Community Achievement (Individual), Community Achievement (Group), Outstanding Leadership, Inspirational Family, Young Achiever, and a special Judge’s Award.
The finalists, sponsors, judges and local dignitaries, as well as their family and friends were all welcomed to the ceremony.
The winners were:
Good Neighbour (sponsored by Anthony Collins Solicitors): Barbara Hoy – for serving elderly residents at Windsor Court, Somersham, in a number of ways, despite suffering herself with back problems.
Community Achievement (Individual) (sponsored by T Clarke East): Jim Fitzgerald – for hosting a Community Christmas Day Lunch for the past seven years for those who would otherwise be on their own.
Community Achievement (Group) (sponsored by Luminus Group): Ramsey Million Partnership – for its team of volunteers who have worked hard to establish several projects and events to improve Ramsey.
Inspirational Family (sponsored by Aspen Build): jointly won by the Bell and Warham families. The Bells are inspirational. They take part in various fundraising events to raise money to help others, and the Warhams have remained incredibly strong family unit, dedicated to taking care of each other, especially their mum while she has battled series health issues.
Young Achiever (sponsored by M.A Motors St Neots): jointly won by Esmée Hadley, Nathaniel Jenkins and Daisy Bell. The judges were so impressed by these three young people: Esmée and Nathaniel who act as incredible young carers in their families, and Daisy who selflessly puts others first despite her own health issues.
Outstanding Leadership: Dr Shrobona Bhattacharya – founder of Mudra Academy of Performing Arts UK, making significant contributions to the local community in Cambourne.
Judges Award: Daisy Bell – who, at only six years old and having suffered with Meningitis and undergone nine brain surgeries, has raised £20,000 for charity and donates her birthday money to Hinchingbrooke Hospital.
Mike Forest, Chairman of the Luminus Board, who led the event said:
“It is an honour to be able to recognise and publically celebrate the local heroes in our community. All the finalists are winners, as they are individuals who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to improve the lives of others. They serve as great examples and are an inspiration to us all.”