West Norfolk’s community champions praised in award ceremony

Unsung heroes who have gone beyond the call of duty were celebrated in a community award ceremony.

Freebridge Community Housing praised tenants, employees and groups which make a difference to communities in West Norfolk during a ceremony in the Providence Street Centre on Friday last week.

Danielle Makrickaite was named community champion for volunteering and engaging with the Hillington Square Community.

Phobbies received the group award for its inclusive approach and range of activities for people with learning difficulties.

Shirley Evans was named good neighbour for helping a friend move after her home in the Grange Estate, Lynn was badly affected by a flood.

John Todd received the inspiration to others award for his volunteer work with Bridge for Heroes despite suffering a stroke.

Kimberley Ely was presented with the role model award for organising community activities.

Colin Hipkin was handed the employee achievement award for his assistance, support and practical guidance.

Tony Hall, Freebridge’s chief executive, said it was fantastic to hold the awards at the centre.

He said: “As a judge I can say personally how hard it was to choose between the people nominated, as they were all incredibly strong. I would like to congratulate all of the winners and nominees that have made the evening what it was and we look forward to welcoming everyone again next year.”

Springwood Big Band also performed during the evening.