Tenants, residents and community groups from across the Wakefield district were among the winners at WDH’s tenth Love Where You Live award celebration at Pontefract Racecourse.
A record breaking 20,372 votes, over 2,000 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 clean up their neighbourhoods to young achievers who go the extra mile to help others as well as people who want to bring their communities together through a variety of groups and events.
Winners included seven-year-old Alba Stogden, who is a little girl on a mission to make the world a cleaner, safer and happier place. Alba has walked over 240 miles, litter picking and has helped to raise thousands of pounds for mental health charities. Alba said: “I didn’t think I’d actually win. I feel very proud of myself. Thank you to everyone who voted for me.”
The Addy in Knottingley also took first place for the second year running in the working with older and younger people categories, which is a testament to the amazing work they have continued to do in their community over the last 12 months of the pandemic.
The event, sponsored by grounds maintenance providers Tivoli, celebrated local community heroes who make the Wakefield district a better place to live. This year’s face to face event followed the success of last year’s all digital awards, which saw the grand final held on Facebook for the first time ever due to COVID-19 restrictions around social gatherings.
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. It has been fantastic to get together for our grand final event, after the strange times we have faced over the last 18 months of the pandemic, to celebrate all the hard work and dedication these fantastic people and groups put into making their neighbourhoods friendlier, safer and more enjoyable places to live. We hope that the prize money they receive will help them to continue the great work that they do within their communities.”
This year’s winners were:
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