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Suffolk High Sheriff’s award revealed on special radio show

PUBLISHED: 21:10 26 March 2020

High Sheriff of Suffolk, Roz Eminson. Picture: SUFFOLK HIGH SHERIFF'S AWARD 2020

High Sheriff of Suffolk, Roz Eminson. Picture: SUFFOLK HIGH SHERIFF'S AWARD 2020

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The winners of the Suffolk High Sheriff’s Awards 2020 have been announced on a special live show on BBC Radio Suffolk after the annual awards ceremony at Wherstead Park had to be cancelled due to the coronavirus.

Rifaii Al Nayef from Suffolk Refugee Support who won the Suffolk High Sheriff's Volunteer of the Year Under 30 award, sponsored by Birketts. Picture: SUFFOLK HIGH SHERIFF'S AWARD 2020Rifaii Al Nayef from Suffolk Refugee Support who won the Suffolk High Sheriff's Volunteer of the Year Under 30 award, sponsored by Birketts. Picture: SUFFOLK HIGH SHERIFF'S AWARD 2020

The winners were announced by BBC Radio Suffolk presenter Lesley Dolphin and Tim Holder of Suffolk Community Foundation which administers the High Sheriff Fund and co-ordinates the awards ceremony.

The winners in each of the seven categories were interviewed on the special programme, presented by Graeme Mac.

The winners of the Suffolk High Sheriff’s awards are:

Grzegorz Kowalczyk from Orwell Mencap who won the Suffolk High Sheriff's Volunteer of the Year Over 30 awards, sponsored by Ipswich Building Society. Picture: SUFFOLK HIGH SHERIFF'S AWARD 2020Grzegorz Kowalczyk from Orwell Mencap who won the Suffolk High Sheriff's Volunteer of the Year Over 30 awards, sponsored by Ipswich Building Society. Picture: SUFFOLK HIGH SHERIFF'S AWARD 2020

• Volunteer of the Year Under 30 (sponsored by Birketts) – Rifaii Al Nayef from Suffolk Refugee Support

• Volunteer of the Year Over 30 (sponsored by Ipswich Building Society) –Grzegorz Kowalczyk from Orwell Mencap

Lowestoft Boxing Academy who won the Suffolk High Sheriff's New Group of the Year award, sponsored by PolicyBee. Picture: SUFFOLK HIGH SHERIFF'S AWARD 2020Lowestoft Boxing Academy who won the Suffolk High Sheriff's New Group of the Year award, sponsored by PolicyBee. Picture: SUFFOLK HIGH SHERIFF'S AWARD 2020

• New Group of the Year (sponsored by PolicyBee) – Lowestoft Boxing Academy

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• Strengthen Your Community (sponsored by East of England Co-op) – Gainsborough Community Library, Ipswich

• Caring for the Environment (sponsored by East Anglian Daily Times) – Farlingaye School Green Council, Woodbridge

Farlingaye School Green Council, Woodbridge who won the Suffolk High Sheriff's Caring for the Environment award, sponsored by East Anglian Daily Times. Picture: SUFFOLK HIGH SHERIFF'S AWARD 2020Farlingaye School Green Council, Woodbridge who won the Suffolk High Sheriff's Caring for the Environment award, sponsored by East Anglian Daily Times. Picture: SUFFOLK HIGH SHERIFF'S AWARD 2020

• Suffolk’s Road to Recovery (sponsored by Barnes Construction) – Green Light Trust, (Lawshall, Minsmere, Ipswich and others)

• Long Service Award (sponsored by Ashtons Legal) – Drena Black, Waveney Domestic Violence & Abuse Forum

The Green Light Trust who won the Suffolk High Sheriff's Suffolk’s Road to Recovery award, sponsored by Barnes Construction. Picture: SUFFOLK HIGH SHERIFF'S AWARD 2020The Green Light Trust who won the Suffolk High Sheriff's Suffolk’s Road to Recovery award, sponsored by Barnes Construction. Picture: SUFFOLK HIGH SHERIFF'S AWARD 2020

Roz Eminson, the High Sheriff, praised the high standard of this year’s 100 entries.

she said: “I feel that particularly in these demanding and worrying times we need something to lift our spirits and what better way to do this than to have an opportunity to highlight and celebrate the exemplary and incredible contribution of those working in our voluntary sector.

“Indeed, we are already seeing evidence of volunteers stepping up and going above and beyond whatever the normal call of duty is to help others manage during this crisis.  We are seeing the best of the human spirit and the High Sheriff’s Awards are a wonderful way in which we can show our appreciation and thank all those who give their time so willingly, and with dedication, for the good of the less fortunate people of Suffolk.”

Tim Holder, head of public affairs, Suffolk Community Foundation, said: “With the national morale booster for the NHS following on at 8pm, it felt absolutely right that we should all be together in Suffolk to say a big thank you to our own volunteers, Community groups and charities.

Drena Black from the Waveney Domestic Violence & Abuse Forum who won the Suffolk High Sheriff's Long Service Award, sponsored by Ashtons Legal. Picture: SUFFOLK HIGH SHERIFF'S AWARD 2020Drena Black from the Waveney Domestic Violence & Abuse Forum who won the Suffolk High Sheriff's Long Service Award, sponsored by Ashtons Legal. Picture: SUFFOLK HIGH SHERIFF'S AWARD 2020

“Aside from us all doing our bit by staying at home, their work combined is having such a powerful effect on keeping our vulnerable people safe and well and less likely to need help from our heroes in the NHS.

“We needed to celebrate them last night, but also to reinforce the ongoing central call out of the Home But Not Alone Campaign in Suffolk from Community Action Suffolk and others for more volunteers to come forward and help their neighbours, local communities, charities and community groups and also for people to help financially to support all this work if they can by making vital donations to Suffolk’s central Coronavirus Community Fund.”

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