Last week, Bury saw the return of Six Town Housing’s Community Heroes, as a stream on Facebook. The pre-recorded broadcast honoured the hard work and commitment of volunteers and Six Town Housing tenants across Bury.
The stream reached over 400 people on March 18th when the winners of each award were announced. The event also included guest speakers included Hugh Broadbent, Chair of Six Town Housing, and Councillor Clair Cummings, who talked about the work community groups have done during the COVID pandemic.
The Community Heroes awards categories for this year included ‘Best Community Project’, ‘Super 60+’, ‘Young Superstar’, ‘Local hero of 2020’ and ‘Amazing Neighbour’. The awards celebrate those who live or volunteer within neighbourhoods managed by Six Town Housing on behalf of Bury Council.
The ‘Amazing Neighbour’ award went to Clara Laight who, at the start of lockdown, came up with the idea of a food bank at Peachment Place. They also organised a VE Day celebrations for the tenants, taking care to abide by COVID guidelines.
Clara Laight said, “When I received the award, I was shocked and pleasantly surprised. It was wonderful to be nominated and I never expected anymore than that. The awards stream was great, and it was lovely to win.”
Sharon McCambridge, Chief Executive of Six Town Housing, said, “We run these awards to celebrate and highlight the hard work our tenants put into making their neighbourhoods a better place for everyone. After everything they’ve done during the COVID pandemic, it was especially important that their efforts were celebrated and honoured.”
Super 60+ - Roy Davey, Brian Wharton and Olive Jackson
They have been gardening in the large communal gardens at Red Bank, helping maintain numerous flower beds and help grow fruit, veg and herbs.
Amazing Neighbour/Group - Clara Laight
They came up with the idea of a food bank at Peachment Place whereby residents in need could help themselves to food and household supplies.
Young Superstar - Tobias and Benjamin Dickinson and Anthony Tudge
These boys, aged 10, 9 and 6, joined keep bury clean to help litter pick in Chesham Woods and surrounding areas.
Best Community Project - Topping Fold Tenants and Residents Association
They have worked closely with other food bank providers and volunteer groups to ensure residents have been looked after, providing food parcels, and delivering them to those most in need.
Local Hero of the Year - Dean Hamer
This tenant set up a website for local families to register for breakfast packs. They helped deliver packs to over 40 families in Bury.
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