Voluntary Sector Stars Celebrated At Inaugural Voluntary Action Leicestershire Awards
A glittering awards ceremony celebrating the positive impact made on the local community by volunteers and charities took place this week at the inaugural Voluntary Awards Leicester & Leicestershire (VALLs) held at Leicester’s Morningside Arena and sponsored by Morningside Pharmaceuticals.
The ceremony, hosted by BBC Radio Leicester presenter Rupal Rajani and Voluntary Action LeicesterShire’s Kevin Allen-Khimani, was an evening of celebration and pride, focussing on the individuals and voluntary organisations across Leicester and Leicestershire that have made a difference in 2019.
The awards were established by Voluntary Action LeicesterShire (VAL), who wanted to recognise the important role that is played by the thousands of voluntary organisations across the city and county, and the vital services they provide within their communities.
Kevin Allen-Khimani, Executive Manager for Public Sector Contracts and Projects at VAL commented: “We were thrilled with the number of entries we had for the VALLs, especially as it’s only our first year, and the calibre of our finalists was outstanding. So much so, that we didn’t envy the judges having to choose just one winner in each category!
“We wanted the awards to give the unsung heroes in our sector the recognition they deserve and have thoroughly enjoyed celebrating with all our finalists and winners this evening.”
The VALLs are sponsored by Morningside Pharmaceuticals Ltd, which manufactures and suppliers quality Generic and Branded medicines to the UK and International markets.
City Charity of the Year (Sponsored by Action Coach)
The Bridge Homelessness to Hope
Hope Against Cancer
City Small Charity of the Year (Sponsored by Next)
Sound Café Leicester
Leicester City of Sanctuary
Team Troupers Dance Academy
County Charity of the Year (Sponsored by Freeths Solicitors)
Bodie Hodges Foundation
Norton Housing & Support
County Small Charity of the Year (Sponsored by BHIB Insurance Brokers)
The Heera Foundation
Quorn Mills Park Bowling Club
Trustee of the Year
Volunteer-Led Organisation of the Year (Sponsored by Zinthiya Trust)
Woodhouse & Woodhouse Eaves Good Neighbour Scheme
Help the Homeless
Volunteer of the Year (Sponsored by Dluxe Magazine)
Capt. Matthew Taylor
Social Enterprise of the Year (Sponsored by East Midlands Chamber)
Voluntary Sector Ally of the Year (Sponsored by Business 2 Business)
Caterpillar UK Limited
Overall Charity of the Year
Woodhouse and Woodhouse Eaves Good Neighbourhood Scheme
Lifetime Achievement Award (Sponsored by Voluntary Action LeicesterShire)