Cotswold Champions is a community awards scheme introduced by our Chairman Cllr Julian Beale to celebrate and thank the unsung heroes in our community who give their own time to help others and make a significant difference in our District.
Cllr Beale and an independent judging panel shortlisted three finalists from each category based on their qualities rather than the number of times they had been nominated.
The shortlisted finalists were invited to an awards ceremony and dinner on Friday 9 November at the Royal Agricultural University where the winners of each category were announced and given a cash prize of £1000.
See below for details of the winners. We are very grateful to the generous sponsors who each donated a £1,000 cash prize to each of the following seven categories:
- Young Volunteer of the Year: a young person (18 or under) who gives up their time to help others. Sponsored by the Royal Agricultural University - Winner Chelsey Dyson for her comprehensive fundraising work for dementia and cancer charities. Runners up: Liam Maull for his persistent and varied fundraising efforts; Murray Douglas for a vast amount of volunteering and community work at 15 years of age.
- Carer of the Year: a person who cares for a relative, friend or neighbour. Sponsored by Badham Pharmacy- Winner Bridget Salvage for going the extra mile and caring for others before herself. Runners up: Maggie Turner for providing close personal support in times of need; Diana Kane for fantastic support to her clients in a challenging role.
- Community Team award: people from a sports club, activity group, health group etc. who give time to assist others. Sponsored by St James's Place Wealth Management - Winner BEAM gymnastics for providing an inclusive environment for children with social & emotional disability challenges. Runners up: Cirencester Stroke Club for their valuable support in the rehabilitation of stroke victims; Wine Direction Community Choir for the fundraising they provide to a wide range of charities.
- Village Hero: a person who goes above and beyond making a significant contribution to their village community. Sponsored by Air Salvage International - Winner Elaine Drayton for the volume and scope of her activity and involvement. Runners up: Bob Ayres for his self-motivation and willingness to assist wherever there is a job to be done; Karen Bishop for her energy in supporting the school and youth activities.
- Charity Event: a team that organises events to raise funds for charities. Sponsored by Aura Care Living - Winner Relay for Life for their determined efforts which have reaped success. Runners up: South Cerney Street Fair for their community engagement and fundraising success; John Plant for his tremendous fundraising achievements at a milestone age.
- Town Champion: a person who makes an impact in their neighbourhood. Sponsored by Tayler and Fletcher- Winner Jennie Rainsford for community engagement and massive support to the Lechlade economy. Runners up: Keith Ellwood for quietly making a difference by taking on a problem that affects everyone; Bill and Jane Irving for maintaining local amenities for visitors and the community.
- Unsung Hero: a local resident who quietly makes a difference to other people’s lives. Sponsored by The Barn Theatre - Winner Kate Lee for her laudable practical support for families with babies and infants. Runners up: Jane Gunner for her valuable support for housing for young people and alms-houses; Jim Hill for years (decades!) of hidden support.
Photographs (courtesy of Mikal Ludlow) will soon be available.
Badham Pharmacy is an award-winning independent pharmacy chain providing local communities with a helpful, friendly service from their fully trained staff at their 20 branches. They also run a mobility aids centre at St Paul's Medical Centre, Swindon Road in Cheltenham.
|Air Salvage International (ASI) is a globally respected provider of professional asset management services to airlines, banks, lessors and insurance companies. It handles 14% of the global disassembly market each year at its Cotswold Airport Centre of Excellence, or worldwide locations.|
|Tayler & Fletcher are a long established firm of estate agents, valuers, chartered surveyors and auctioneers advising on residential, rural and commercial property including a Fine Art and Chattels Saleroom and valuation service.|
|The Barn Theatre host top-class regional theatre and performing arts education at their state-of-the-art facilities in the heart of Cirencester.|
|St James's Place Wealth Management provides highly personalised face-to-face wealth management services to individuals, trustees and businesses. With their relationship-based approach, they place their clients at the centre of everything they do and tailor solutions to individual requirements.
|Aura Care Living aim to improve and redefine what is understood as elderly care in their luxury care homes and retirement villages.|
|The Royal Agricultural University, based in Cirencester, has been at the forefront of agricultural education and a key contributor to the land-based sector for more than 170 years. The University has approximately 1,200 students studying agriculture, animal science, business, environment, equine management and science, food supply and management, real estate and rural land management.|
St. James’s Place Wealth Management provides highly personalised face-to-face wealth management services to individuals, trustees and businesses. With our relationship-based approach, we place our clients at the centre of everything we do and tailor solutions to individual requirements.