Introduced by Chief Superintendent Chris Johnson
These awards go to people who have taken action to make a difference to the lives of others in their community.
Main Award: Shamim Akhtar
Shamim’s nominators said:
“What difference has Shamim made? A notable one! Particularly in showing by her example, that even ordinary people can get things done, and that we do not have to wait for somebody else to make a move. This is surely the most inspiring thing about her.”
Volunteers like Shamim are truly inspirational and make a difference to people’s lives on a daily basis.
Highly Commended Awards
Margaret Pickin won a Highly Commended Award in this category.
Her nominator said:
“For the past few years Margaret has been visiting Fens Pool Nature Reserve, to monitor and feed its wildlife, keep the site tidy and free from litter. Margaret has been known to rescue swans and geese trapped in fishing line, or covered in oil: even to the point of carrying them to safety. She has got such a relationship with the wildlife, that she has given names to them all and is known locally as ‘the Swan Lady’“
Margaret is clearly a very special volunteer, who has a real passion for looking after local wildlife.
Zac Walwyn, Karl Nutting and Matthew Bonner from Sycamore Adventure, were three more outstanding volunteers. They also won a Highly Commended Award in this category. Unfortunately Matthew couldn’t come to the event, but Zac and Karl did.
Their nominator said:
“Despite encountering difficulties in their own lives, these three young people give 110% to enriching the lives of children. They attend every week without fail, they always wear a smile. Getting stuck into all their tasks, they are a fantastic role model for all children and particularly children with disabilities or special needs, as they bring a ‘can do’ attitude to everything they do!”
These three young men are inspirational volunteers, who clearly love what they do.