Aitchisons was proud to sponsor this year’s Pride in Dacorum awards evening, held on Thursday at Shendish Manor in Apsley. The event had Dacorum bursting with pride by recognising and celebrating the outstanding achievements of individuals and groups working hard to make Dacorum a special place.
Unsung heroes or people who have had a positive impact on the community were given well deserved recognition. These included young people making a difference and people who have put in years of support and care.
Winners of the annual Pride In Dacorum awards were nominated by their peers in a range of categories including Unsung Hero, Fundraiser Of The Year and Young Achiever.
The awards were hosted by EastEnders favourite, Nitin Ganatra and the proud winners on the night were:
CARE IN THE COMMUNITY sponsored by Home Instead
Roger Puddifoot, for his efforts as a blood donor, with St John Ambulance, Age Concern, Reachout Plus and other good causes.
Highly commended: John Framp, for 50 years a volunteer bingo caller at Warners End community centre.
Catering staff and volunteers at the Hospice Of St Francis, who have established a national reputation for their pioneering work.
Highly commended: Barbara Reynolds-Sale, who has given more than 6,500 hours of volunteer effort to the local community.
Grace Masters, for her passionate pursuit of a campaign to raise awareness of the plight of those affected by human trafficking.
Highly commended: sports star Ella Beaumont.
Matthew Loddy, for his marathon exploits in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust and the Hospice Of St Francis.
Highly commended: Young actress and playwright Charlotte Briant.
The Corrigan family, for their unstinting kindness in small ways and in emergencies.
Highly commended: John Priestley
EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION sponsored by ASDA
Eddie Gaynor, head teacher of Astley Cooper School, Hemel Hempstead.
Highly commended: Sandie Taylor of RES Kings Langley, for her pioneering work spreading the word about renewable energy.
RAISING THE PROFILE OF THE TOWN sponsored by West Herts Community Free Schools
Dean Brennan, manager of Hemel Hempstead Town FC.
Highly commended: Sandie Taylor, RES Kings Langley.
OUTSTANDING EXAMPLE OF BRAVERY sponsored by Dacorum Community Safety Partnership
Archie Major, aged six, for his calm response to a serious family emergency.
Highly commended: Loren Goldenberg-Kosbab, who rescued a neighbour from a blazing flat.
FUNDRAISER OF THE YEAR sponsored by Costa
Matthew Loddy, his second award of the night.
Highly commended: Team Macy, a fundraising drive set up in memory of a baby girl who did not survive open heart surgery at just six weeks old.
UNSUNG HERO sponsored by Beard Brothers
Israr Ali, whose awareness and diligence as a CCTV operator helped prevent a serious sexual assault and led to a man being jailed.
Highly commended: Bud Windeler, for his years of service with the Druglink service.