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Droitwich residents and groups scoop prestigious awards for helping their communities

Droitwich Editorial 11th Dec, 2018

A NUMBER of Droitwich residents and groups have scooped prestigious awards from Fortis Living for the positive impact they have had on their communities, writes Ryan Smith.

The annual awards ceremony was held at the University of Worcester Arena and presented by Andrew Easton from BBC Hereford and Worcester.

The Droitwich Action For Future Youth project (DAFFY) won the Group Community Project award for its efforts running a children’s club for young people on the Westlands estate.

Droitwich teenager Sophie Kenny, 14, was awarded the Young Volunteer of the Year prize for her help at festivals and Remembrance events while volunteering for the Royal British Legion.

Shirley Milton was recognised for her efforts, winning the Community Involvement Award after winning £12,000 for local charities and community projects as well as supporting people with drug and alcohol issues.

Sam Sinderberry was given the Positive Changes Award for his help with raising awareness for people with learning disabilities, including his work with the Droitwich-based SpeakEasy Now. He is also the co-chair of The People’s Parliament Project.

Fortis raised raised £471.40 for Acorns Childrens Hospice through the event , bringing the total amount raised for the charity by the homes provider in 2018 to £1,724.

Fortis Living’s community engagement team leader Chris Reed said: “As ever, the standard of entries for this years Fortis awards was extremely high which always makes the decision process a difficult one.

“Every one of them has made such a positive difference within their communities.

“The event truly celebrated the winners fantastic achievements as well as providing concrete that community spirit is well and truly alive.”

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