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Incommunities' annual awards given out
6:00am Tuesday 10th September 2013 in News
A social housing association’s “magnificent seven” were announced at its annual awards.
More than 150 people enjoyed an afternoon at the Midland Hotel, Bradford, yesterday as Incommunities revealed the seven people and groups who had won accolades.
The awards scheme celebrates individuals and groups who brighten up their neighbourhood in various ways.
One of the seven winners was also named the first-ever Overall Winner – an award introduced because Incommunities is celebrating its tenth anniversary.
Jean Marshall was overall winner – and she also won the Star Neighbour category for her work with elderly residents.
The delighted 69-year-old, of Allerton, said: “I am absolutely gobsmacked. I am thrilled to bits, although I never expected any of it – I could do with a stiff drink!”
Mrs Marshall, who was nominated for the awards by her friend Monica Wilkinson, said: “Monica decided I wasn’t getting enough recognition. I don’t think I do anything really, I’m just doing what I do. But it’s lovely to be told.”
Mrs Wilkinson said: “I think she does a lot of things for people, and for me and other neighbours.
“Her kindness goes unnoticed – she is more important than she thinks.”
The ceremony heard that Mrs Marshall received her Star Neighbour award “because she will help others whatever the time of day or weather, and they are grateful and appreciate all that she does for them”.
The winner of the Kids Corner award was 15-year-old Jordan Shand, of Wibsey, who was nominated for helping rejuvenate the community garden at Earlswood sheltered scheme, Wyke, to the joy of residents.
His work included installing a bench for residents to sit on, for which he dug the hole, poured concrete in and laid slabs down.
Jordan, who attends Buttershaw Business and Enterprise College, said of his award: “It is pretty substantial and quite exciting.
“I didn’t even know I was up for an award.”
The teenager, who is a member of Incommunities’ youth development team, added that to celebrate he will be eating the chocolates he won with his award.
His brother Callum Shand, 16, said: “He deserves it because he does a lot for people.
“He does a lot for old people round our area. He helps our nan out and her neighbours. I am very proud of my brother.”
Anne Bairstow, of Thornton, won the Individual Garden/Display category, with her garden described as “being a credit to her hard work”.
The winner in the Communal Garden section was the Ormond House Committee, of Ormond House, Wibsey. Their garden was described “as a joy to sit out and enjoy”.
Seven-year-old Keelan Hussain, of Keighley, won the Rising Star award for his work helping the elderly in his neighbourhood, walking their dogs, running errands and visiting them when they are ill.
A “godsend to older people” is how the Crossflatts Over-50s Club was described when it was announced as winner of the Community Star category. It was also thought of as a “wonderful place to make new friends”.
The Star Team or Employee section was won by the Octavia Court team for being an “excellent team – positive, caring, supportive and considerate”.
Winners received a trophy and gift voucher.
Geraldine Howley, Incommunities Group chief executive, said: “These awards put our many proud residents and unsung heroes in the spotlight and this year are extra special marking the organisation’s tenth anniversary.
“They show the inspiring contribution of so many people to ‘Improving lives Incommunities’.
“Congratulations to all our winners and all those nominated.
“A big thank you to the Telegraph & Argus who have again kindly sponsored the show.”
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