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Community Star Award recognises local heroes

Posted onPosted on 4th Jan

Volunteer Amanda Hill, from Clipstone Miners Welfare Community Trust, was a winner at the Mansfield Building Society Community Star Award 2020.

Amanda was named runner-up, receiving the society’s highly commended award for her tireless work running a number of community groups in Clipstone.

They include the local youth club, which Amanda runs with the help of her daughters.

Mansfield Building Society’s Community Star celebration is in its fourth year and recognises the work that volunteers do to help improve the lives of people in the local community.

Stapleford Community Group volunteer Richard MacRae was awarded Mansfield Building Society’s Community Star Award for 2020.

Richard won the award in recognition of the work he has done for the people of Stapleford, including collecting donations and delivering food parcels, organising job fairs and estate clear-ups, and putting down sand bags to help residents at risk of flooding.

As well as being crowned Community Star, Richard won £100 Love2Shop vouchers and a £250 donation to Stapleford Community Group.

The awards were made following nominations earlier in 2020 as part of preparations for the society’s community event at its AGM.

Social distancing measures prevented the physical event from happening, but the honours were awarded remotely.

Richard Crisp, commercial development executive, said that, yet again, the commitment and dedication shown by volunteers in the society’s heartland area has been heart-warming:

“We received some excellent nominations for this year’s Community Star Award and, now more than ever, our communities need people like Richard and Amanda as the impact of the pandemic is felt across the country,” he said.

“Even though the last 12 months have been incredibly challenging, we didn’t want the year to pass without recognising these extraordinary individuals who continue to support some of the most vulnerable people in society.”

Community Star Richard, said his voluntary work was all the more fulfilling because of the support the whole group offered.

“I’m delighted to receive this award on behalf of the team,” he added.

“There is something very special about our local community spirit and I’m proud to be making a real difference to people’s lives.

“I’m grateful to Mansfield Building Society for this award which I hope inspires others.

“I look forward to passing on the baton to next year’s Community Star when we’re all able to meet safely again.”