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Newbury Building Society has celebrated and honoured local unsung heroes at its first Community Champion Awards.
The awards celebrated individuals who make a positive contribution to their local community but may not necessarily receive the recognition they rightly deserved.
The winners were nominated by members of the public and chosen by a judging panel comprising of the Society’s Executive Director team.
One winner and three highly commended were handed a glass trophy, a box of chocolates, a gift voucher of their choice and a cash donation to the charity they support.
Lynne Taylor, a volunteer at children’s charity, Dingley’s Promise, was crowned this year’s Community Champion. The judging panel was inspired by the level of unfailing support demonstrated by Lynne. It was evident from the nomination Lynne’s calm and warm personality allowed her to develop strong bonds with both the children who visit the centre and their families. It was clear Lynne is an invaluable member of the team at Dingley’s Promise and loved by the children, their parents and carers, other volunteers and the staff alike.
Lynne claimed she was “completely surprised” by her win.
Abi Preston-Rees, Newbury’s Centre Manager for Dingley’s Promise said: “Lynne is an absolutely invaluable member of my team; in fact, she’s really like having another member of staff. Everyone trusts and likes Lynne – the children, their parents and carers, other volunteers and the staff. She’s modest and never draws attention to her contribution – she’s just happy to help and she’s very competent – we can completely trust her to get on with whatever she’s been asked with a quiet enthusiasm. On hearing about Newbury Building Society’s Community Champion Awards, I immediately nominated Lynne because she is absolutely an unsung heroine here in the Newbury Centre.”
Matt Collins, a scout leader at the 3rd Alton Scout Group, Len Potts, a volunteer at Parkinson’s UK Basingstoke branch and Carole Grey, a volunteer at Wokingham Foodbank were recognised as highly commended.
Emma Simms, Marketing and Communications Manager at Newbury Building Society said: “We are honoured to be able to recognise these individuals who really go the extra mile to help others in the community. We are humbled, inspired and proud of our branch town communities and we thank those nominated for their tremendous commitment to making the world a better place for others.”