Awards promote Sutton’s community

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The winners and runners-up at the 2014 Sutton Community Awards.

Sutton residents who have contributed in a variety of ways too their community have been  acknowledged with the announcement of the 2014 Sutton Community Awards.

The residents who have made an outstanding contribution towards making the borough a better place to live and work were named on 24 February at a special award ceremony in the borough. The winners were Loredana Beasant, George Hall, Mark Tomlinson, Tracy Fitzmaurice, Aaron Hearne and Shannon Fletcher.

Loredana Beasant was named the winner of the Safer Borough Award for outstanding service to the borough for keeping Sutton safe, sponsored by Subsea 7.

Ms Beasant successfully campaigned and secured funding to upgrade a zebra to a pelican crossing on Malden Road. New traffic lights mean children from Cheam Fields Primary School and Cheam High can cross the road more safely.

George Hall won the Improving Lives Award, recognising those who go out of their way to make a difference to people’s lives. It was sponsored by Everyone Active.

Mr Hall has been working for the past 44 years to look after the Chaucer Estate. He is highly regarded by all residents and always gets involved in community events. “He doesn’t only go the extra mile he does a marathon!” said one of Mr Hall’s nominees.

The Community Spirit Award, sponsored by the Crystal Palace Football Club Foundation, celebrates residents who bring the community together through events, clubs or projects. The winner was Rev Mark Tomlinson, the co-ordinator of Sutton Street Pastors, Sutton Food Bank and Sutton School Pastors among other activities.

Tracy Fitzmaurice was awarded the Business in the Community Award for promoting increased prosperity, employment or access to the borough through business initiatives, sponsored by Successful Sutton.

Chair of the Worcester Park Traders Association, Ms Fitzmaurice was recognised for her hard work and determination to pull the businesses on Central Road into a cohesive group, leading them through another year. She works through the year to develop new initiatives for fund raising to extend her work in the community. Notably, she helped the local committee secure £500 in funding for its Christmas fair.

Both Aaron Hearne and Shannon Fletcher took home the Outstanding Achievement Award, sponsored by Metro Bank, for bringing credit to the borough.

Mr Hearne founded The Liam Charity in 2012 in memory of his brother. He has organised many successful events to raise money for the NSPCC ChildLine and plays an active role in the local community, supporting anti-bullying campaigns in schools and other youth services.

Seventeen-year-old Miss Fletcher is an apprentice on the Bridges project, Volunteer Centre Sutton. The project supports young people aged 16 to 24 to make decisions about their future.

Cllr Ruth Dombey, Leader of Sutton’s Liberal /Democrat Council, said: “I believe that in Sutton our greatest asset is our sense of community is our greatest asset.  Our borough is full of inspiring individuals who go that extra mile, whether they are carers, volunteers, community organisers or charity workers, and I am delighted to formally recognise their efforts to make the borough a better place.

“Congratulations to all these outstanding community members.”

Sutton’s Liberal Democrat Council has always placed the highest importance on emphasising community engagement and involvement. In 2010 even the Conservative government acknowledge the council’s ground-breaking work in promoting a sense of community in the borough.

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