Melton Borough Council

Local residents recognised in the Mayor's Awards

Published Thursday, 26th April 2018 Photograph of Melton's Community First Responders receiving Award of Merit from Mayor

At a special Afternoon Tea Reception hosted by the Mayor at Parkside on 25 April, local volunteers and young people from the Borough were publicly recognised for their contributions to the community.

The formal presentation of the awards took place during the Full Council meeting which followed the Reception and was witnessed by the worthy winners’ family, friends and nominators.

In presenting these awards, the Mayor, Councillor Tejpal Bains said: “It has been an incredibly memorable year for me as the Borough’s youngest Mayor - attending local events and meeting many amazing people within our community has meant the most to me.  As my Mayoral year comes to a close, it is fitting that these Awards recognise those who have helped others within the Borough.”

Sara Burrows, the mother of Outstanding Young Citizen winner, David Burrows said: "I just want to say thank you for such a lovely evening tonight. The organisation was excellent and everyone was so welcoming. Both David and myself are overwhelmed that he was recognised with the Young Citizen Award, to be given an additional was very unexpected. David was absolutely overwhelmed and as his mum, I was so proud and a little emotional."

The list of winners:

Awards of Merit:

Melton Community First Responders

Medical Emergency Volunteers

  • Unpaid volunteers respond to medical emergencies on behalf of East Midlands Ambulance Service providing help and reassurance to the patient, their family and friends;
  • Attends  thousands of incidents in a year, providing a very valuable and appreciated service to the community;
  • Between a group of 11 responders in the Melton area, they have contributed over 17,000 hours of unpaid service in the previous year.

Christine Radford

Chair, Melton Mowbray Parkinsons Support Group

  • Organiser of the local support group for those suffering with Parkinsons disease and their carers
  • Arranges the monthly meetings, guest speakers and outings for group members and their carers;
  • Provides unstinting support and goes out of her way to reassure members
  • The group meetings are a source of advice where members can gain knowledge and benefit from companionship
  • Is an inspiration to others as she also suffers from Parkinsons
  • Organises fund raising activities which go towards supporting the Group and research into the disease.

David Brown

Chair of Melton & District Indoor Bowls Club

  • During 30 years of voluntary service, he has ran various committees, and overseen hundreds of local people joining the club to enjoy the sport and visit the facilities he has helped to create;
  • The membership of the Club is currently 670 and the facilities have provided people with an opportunity to participate in the sport, enjoy the benefits of socialising and making friends;
  • Has made a significant contribution to the community and raised the profile of the Melton through its association with the facilities.

Melton Borough Award

Graham Swann

Chair of Frisby, Hoby and Rotherby Cricket Club

  • Manages the Club, volunteering 40 hours a week to manage and promote community participation in the sport locally, along with the maintenance around the cricket ground;
  • Has been involved with the Club for 38 years and has ensured that the Club’s facilities are also used for various community activities.  His dedication and commitment has significantly contributed to the Club being very much part of the regular social scene in the villages which has grown the community spirit, bringing people together;
  • Has created an infrastructure to enable participation of 50 young people each year in the sport, along with 40 adults, creating a legacy that has enabled them to keep fit both physically and mentally;
  • Over the years has raised £200,000 to keep the cricket club and facilities running;
  • Has used the club and its facilities to welcome new people into the villages and encourage young people to take up the sport.

Young Citizen Awards

David Burrows

Venue Volunteer & Coach to Under 12’s Rugby Team

  • Volunteers every Thursday at Venue at Melton Learning Hub with the younger age group with whom he has a great rapport and as a result of which he has been asked to be a peer mentor for other students;
  • Assists the coaches on the Under 12’s rugby team at Melton Mowbray Rugby Football Club which involves an hour training session on Thursday as well as every Sunday during the season for training or matches;
  • Is about to undertake a course to become a referee for the team
  • Is a committed young person with excellent communications skills and sets an example by being hard working, reliable, motivated, kind and caring.  Other young people relate to him as his style of coaching is patient, encouraging and fun.

Libby Duncan

Sport coaching volunteer

  • Provides sports coaching, some paid but majority unpaid, to children from the ages of 3 years upwards to teenagers as well as those with special needs;
  • Is committed to encouraging as many children as possible whatever their age or ability to be involved with sport, especially girls through the #thisgirlcan campaign;
  • Is motivated by a desire to give back to her sport (tennis) what she herself has got out of it;
  • Her achievements include:  planning and delivered lessons in tennis for her PE teacher; undertaken work experience at the National Tennis Centre in Roehampton, London which included working with the National Deaf team, volunteering for the National School Sports Finals at Loughborough University  assisting the Wheelchair Tennis team both at this event and the Wheelchair Tennis Masters finals, trains at Grantham tennis club where she is part of junior and adult mixed teams and has coached a master class alongside Boris Becker and Andrew Castle;
  • Sets an example  to other young people with her positive attitude and her ability to communicate with all ages.

Leah Wainman

Youth Leader for Asfordby Hill Community Group Youth Club

  • Has been a member of the Youth Club since its opening 4 and a half years ago and recently became a youth leader for the early session;
  • Helps and interacts with the 6-11 year old children and has organised an “Asfordby Hill’s Got Talent” show involving the children;
  • Organises indoor and outdoor activities, including ‘get to know you’ games and arts activities which help the children socialise, settle in and make friends
  • Spends her own time organising and resourcing activity ideas for the children whilst at the youth club;
  • Sets an example to others by her hard work and commitment to helping others.

Ellie Hull

Student at Birch Wood Special School

  • Has represented Great Britain by competing in the Special Olympics in horse riding;
  • Is an inspiration to others with special needs and is a role model to her peers;

Melton Vale Interact Group

Student Volunteers, Melton Vale Post 16 Centre

  • Have organised and run fund raising events for a Leicestershire & Rutland based charity, Hope Cancer which has also raised awareness of the charity’s work;
  • Volunteered their time to benefit a worthwhile local cause
  • Involved the Centre’s 400 students and staff to support their fund raising.

The ‘Robert Hyslop Citizen of the Year Award’ to the most outstanding of the Award of Merit nominations

Melton Community First Responders

The Derek Sanders Cup to the outstanding Young Citizen nomination

David Burrows