Tenants, residents and community groups were among the winners at WDH’s first ever digital Love Where You Live Awards grand final.
The event, which is sponsored by Sodexo, was held online on WDH’s social media channels for the first time ever due to Coronavirus halting social gatherings. Whilst nominees weren’t able to get together in person, the awards made sure that the community heroes who make the Wakefield district a better place to live were celebrated.
A record breaking 18,605 votes, over 5,000 more than last year, were cast for this year’s outstanding contestants who have contributed to their local communities in remarkable ways. Winners ranged from volunteers who used their own time to support vulnerable people during the pandemic to great neighbours who brighten up their neighbourhoods with their lovely gardens as well as people who want to bring their communities together through a variety of groups and events.
WDH’s Chief Executive Andy Wallhead, said: “Our Love Where You Live Awards have been a bigger and better success than ever before, with a record-breaking number of votes cast for people and groups who make Wakefield a wonderful place for everyone. Despite these strange times, we’ve seen an enormous amount of community spirit from all of our nominees this year, with people working together to support everyone in their local communities.
“This year given the challenges we are all facing it is even more important that we celebrate the hard work and dedication that these amazing people put into making their neighbourhoods friendlier, safer and even more enjoyable places to be. We hope that the prize money they receive will help them to continue their great work.”
This year’s winners were:
Look out for all the Love Where You Live winner’s stories on WDH’s website and social media pages over the next couple of weeks. To watch our digital awards in full click here.
Now is the time to get thinking about your local community heroes and get your nominations in as soon as they open for entries, so they can be in the running for WDH’s 10th Love Where You Live Awards in 2021.