Local heroes who have played an instrumental role in the East Dorset community were celebrated at the final East Dorset Community Chairman’s Awards.
Councillor Toni Coombs, chairman of East Dorset, who hosted the celebration at Remedy Oak Golf Course was joined by East Dorset District Council leader Cllr Spencer Flower and special guest Professor of Archaeology Dr Julian Richards of TV’s Meet the Ancestors.
The event was also attended by the High Sheriff of Dorset Mrs Jacqueline Swift, Deputy Lieutenant John Raymond as well as representatives of the companies who sponsored the awards.
Each nominee across five categories received certificates, and the winners of each category were presented with an engraved glass trophy also presented by the sponsors. A special commendation prize was also awarded to Shelley Morris for her work with homeless people throughout Dorset and for her work revitalising Verwood Carnival.
Councillor Toni Coombs said, “There are so many unsung heroes in our community who do their bit to support and help others, often without recognition or reward. It has been inspiring to meet the nominees and learn about the diverse ways they influenced or helped their local communities across East Dorset, in my view they are all winners.”
Adult Volunteer of the Year – sponsored by Mondoricia
Winners: Edward and Gilda Newsham
Best Community Project – sponsored by Hoburne
Winner: East Dorset CAP Debt Centre
Business in the Community – sponsored by D R Smith Properties
Winner: Macmillan Caring Locally
Lifetime Achievement Award – sponsored by Nicholas O’Hara Funeral Directors
Winner: Jean Mortimer
Most Inspiring Young Person – sponsored by Evans & Travers
Winner: Olivia Caballero
Chairman’s Special Commendation
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