Recognition for Babergh heroes

UNSUNG heroes in Suffolk will be rewarded for their hard work in their communities today.Groups, adults and children who play key roles in the towns and villages of Babergh are due to be honoured by the Babergh Community Achievement Awards tonight.

UNSUNG heroes in Suffolk will be rewarded for their hard work in their communities today.

Groups, adults and children who play key roles in the towns and villages of Babergh are due to be honoured by the Babergh Community Achievement Awards tonight.

Jill Barton, Babergh District Council's corporate support officer, who organised the awards, said: "We always look forward to the Achievement Awards ceremony and like to think that it is Babergh's community version of The Oscars.

“Every year, the award panel is amazed at the commitment, enthusiasm and dedication shown by all our winners and this year is no exception. The evening really gives us a chance to let the winners know just how special they are.”

The winners will receive their awards at a ceremony at the Stoke-By-Nayland Golf Club.

The young heroes are Christopher Neill from Hadleigh, chairman of the town's teen council, Marlon Lockyear, Kartrina Henderson and Callum Gibson, who are all members of Holbrook's Royal Hospital School's community action team, and East Bergholt High School's ASDAN group which organised the senior citizens Friday lunch club.

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A community groups which had its work recognised was the Ansell Community Centre luncheon group in Hadleigh which provides monthly lunches for elderly and housebound people in the town and district.

Meanwhile Barry Dallas of the Hadleigh Sea Scout Group, Les Stebbings from Shotley, John Blackmore from Bentley, Mervyn Austin from East Bergholt, Tracey Alexander of the Hadleigh Residents Group, Neil Thomas, a powerlifting coach from Hadleigh, Juliet Allerton from Chattisham and Bryan Quinton from the Suffolk Young People's Health Project (4YP) have been praised in the individual category.

Would you like to praise a community hero? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk.

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