Tenants, residents and community groups were among the winners at WDH’s annual Love Where You Live Awards grand final.
The event, held at Wakefield’s Cedar Court Hotel and sponsored by Sodexo, celebrated local community heroes who make the Wakefield district a better place to live.
A record number of votes were cast online for this year’s winners with nominees receiving over 9,000 votes.
The winners are:
Respect Champion: Mrs Donna Hyman
Community Group: Smawthorne Welfare Action Team
Working with Older People: The Five Towns Stroke Group
Digital in the Community: Kirkthorpe Community Group
Community Champion: Jane Robinson
Arts and Culture: Spectrum Children’s Drama Company
Young Achiever: Becky Slater
Best Garden: Charles Malcolm
The winners received £200 in prize money and runners up in second and third place received £100 and £50 each, thanks to the event sponsors, Sodexo.
The raffle held on the evening raised nearly £400, which will be donated to Wakefield Hospice and Prince of Wales Hospice.
WDH’s Chief Executive Kevin Dodd said: “Our Love Where You Live Awards have been a bigger and better success than ever before, with a record-breaking number of votes cast digitally for people and groups who make Wakefield a wonderful place for everyone.
“It is important that we celebrate the hard work and dedication that these people put into making their neighbourhoods friendlier, safer and even more enjoyable places to be, and we hope that the prize money they receive will go a long way to helping to continue that work.”