Community Stars 2019: Meet Bradford’s unsung heroes of…

Community Stars 2019: Meet Bradford’s unsung heroes of the year

THE DISTRICT’S unsung heroes were crowned Community Stars at an inspiring ceremony hosted at the Bradford Hotel.

A total of 10 Bradford Medals were handed out on Thursday night including the Lord Mayor’s Special Recognition Award.

The event is designed to reward those across the district who strive to make a difference in their communities.

Speakers at the ninth annual awards included Telegraph & Argus editor Nigel Burton and Lord Mayor of Bradford Councillor Doreen Lee. The awards are organised by the Telegraph & Argus and Bradford Council, and are sponsored by Better Start Bradford.

Mr Burton said: “Throughout the year we hear numerous uplifting stories about people who show outstanding courage in trying circumstances, those who put others before themselves, unsung heroes who work tirelessly to make their communities better and always go the extra mile. This is our chance to give you the recognition you deserve.”

The categories and winners were:

Student: 15-year-old Tabitha Wood, who beat a rare form of ovarian cancer and since launched her own charity to help other young cancer patients like herself.

Incommunities Good Neighbour: Margaret Wright for her inspiring litter-free mission along the River Aire for the past 13 years

Fundraiser: Helen Lynch for creating an annual fashion show and raising £12,000, for charities who helped her during her own cancer diagnosis

Young Active Citizen: 11-year-old Molly-Mae Windle campaigns for more awareness around cystic fibrosis and making radiology departments less scary for kids.

Business: XPO Logistics for its work with Bradford Central Foodbank and the creation of a community allotment.

Community Champion: Adele Johnson takes part in a fake news quashing campaign, Empowering Minds Project, starting as a mum’s mission to raise awareness of radicalisation.

Betterstart: Jo Midgeley, a fundraiser and friendly face for mothers across the district going through difficult times.

Community Group: Childsplay Neighbourhood Nursery supports families in need with food, clothing and furniture as well as skills training.

Volunteer: Shirley Holdsworth for giving up her time for the Eccleshill Voluntary Steering Group, part of Eccleshill Mechanics Institute.

Special recognition: Ashlee Holt of Tribe Rocks decorates stones in memory of lost loved ones for people to take on trips.

The Telegraph & Argus will be running individual profiles of the finalists in the New Year.