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.

The Winners

City Charity of the Year (Sponsored by Action Coach)

WINNER
The Bridge Homelessness to Hope 

FINALISTS
Hope Against Cancer
FreeVA

City Small Charity of the Year (Sponsored by Next)

WINNER
Sound Café Leicester

FINALISTS
Leicester City of Sanctuary
Team Troupers Dance Academy

County Charity of the Year (Sponsored by Freeths Solicitors)

WINNER
Bodie Hodges Foundation

FINALISTS
Norton Housing & Support
Menphys

County Small Charity of the Year (Sponsored by BHIB Insurance Brokers)

WINNER
The Well

FINALISTS
The Heera Foundation
Quorn Mills Park Bowling Club

Trustee of the Year

WINNER
Linda Jones

FINALISTS
Eileen Richardson
Christine Ringrose

Volunteer-Led Organisation of the Year (Sponsored by Zinthiya Trust)

WINNER
Woodhouse & Woodhouse Eaves Good Neighbour Scheme

FINALISTS
Baby Basics
Help the Homeless

Volunteer of the Year (Sponsored by Dluxe Magazine)

WINNER
Emma Hallam

SPECIAL COMMENDATION
Adrien Key

FINALISTS
Capt. Matthew Taylor
Azar Richardson
Prue Padmore 

Social Enterprise of the Year (Sponsored by East Midlands Chamber)

WINNER
Dear Albert

FINALISTS
Soulful Group
Iconic 

Voluntary Sector Ally of the Year (Sponsored by Business 2 Business)

WINNER
Caterpillar UK Limited

FINALISTS
Barrie Stephen
Nicola Bassindale

Overall Charity of the Year

Woodhouse and Woodhouse Eaves Good Neighbourhood Scheme

Lifetime Achievement Award (Sponsored by Voluntary Action LeicesterShire)

Rick Moore

To find out how your business, charity or group could value from talking to VAL contact them on 0116 257 5050 or visit https://valonline.org.uk/

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