Local heroes get well-deserved recognition
Local heroes are starting to receive certificates of recognition for their valuable work in the community from the Mayor of the Borough of Telford and Wrekin and leader of Telford & Wrekin Council.
Over 300 individuals and groups across the borough have been nominated so far for the Telford and Wrekin Heroes Awards, which were launched in August.
Nominations have been received in six award categories: Volunteer, Volunteer Group, Good Neighbour, Unsung Hero, Community Support Group and Young Carer
The awards recognise all those local heroes who make a difference in their community and who are showing kindness and amazing community spirit.
This month, the mayor’s office and the Council’s Culture & Events team have started to make contact with nominees so that they can be sent their certificate of recognition for their community kindness.
Cllr Amrik Jhawar, Mayor of the Borough of Telford and Wrekin, said: “What a great response to our awards.
“It really shows what a wonderful and caring community we have in our borough.
“The certificates are just a small gesture of gratitude that we believe the nominees will be proud to receive in recognition for all they do.
“Hearing the stories has been lovely, a real inspiration to us all. “
Jason and Dan Woolley are among the “Unsung Heroes” being recognised.
They run Telford Transport Solutions and are always willing to help people out.
More recently, they loaned their mobile food preparation unit to Dale End Café so that it could continue trading as it recovered from the floods.
On hearing of the nomination, Jason told us: “This has come as a huge but very pleasant surprise. I will admit to having a tear in my eye and I know Dan felt the same. I am struggling to find the words to be honest.
“Such an honour to be part of the awards and I hope our story will raise awareness of good causes and inspire many more to help people in need.”
Ben Millington, music teacher at Telford Priory School is another “Unsung Hero”, nominated for lifting everyone’s spirit during lockdown with his musical videos.
Ben has put Telford on the map with Elton John’s ‘I’m still standing’ that he recorded with his students during lockdown – this was recognised by Elton John himself as a great thing to do!
On hearing the news about his nomination, Ben said: “Thank you so much, I am totally shocked! Teaching music to the young people of Telford is an absolute pleasure and the talent that we have in the local area is second to none, even Elton John has seen that!
A “Good Neighbour” award goes to 77-year-old Doreen Edmonds from Malinslee for initiating a community clap for the NHS and making teddy bears for children.
Read more about the kindness of Jason, Dan, Ben and Doreen, as well as other Telford Heroes on www.telfordcommunityawards.co.uk/heroes
Council leader Shaun Davies said: "I am proud to be part of such a caring community. Nominations are ongoing, so if you know someone who has helped your or is making a difference in your community, why not nominate them for a Telford Heroes award.
"They could be a friend, neighbour, community group, voluntary group, charity or one of our employees – as long as they are a hero in your eyes, this is your chance to celebrate them.”
To nominate an individual or group who makes the borough a better place but also to read the stories of all those receiving the awards, visit www.telfordcommunityawards.co.uk/heroes
Paper copies for nominations are also available from Oakengates Theatre reception, Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm.
Once nominations have been verified, nominees will receive a certificate of recognition for their work and kindness from the Mayor of the Borough of Telford and Wrekin and Leader of Telford & Wrekin Council.
Photo (left to right): Ben Millington with students at the Telford Priory School