Volunteers across Essex celebrated at prestigious local awards

Volunteers across Essex have been acknowledged for their selfless commitment to communities across the county at the Who Will Care? Awards 2017.
The prestigious awards took place yesterday, Wednesday 24 May, at Anglia Ruskin University and celebrated inspirational individuals, communities, teams and businesses in Essex that make a huge difference through the work that they do.
Winners include those caring for the terminally ill, supporting refugees, providing life training skills for young people, aiding those in mental health recovery, helping the homeless and connecting the transgender community in Essex.
The Awards, presented by BBC Essex’s Dave Monk, applauded these unsung heroes’ inspirational stories of volunteering.
Cabinet Member for Culture, Communities and Customer, Cllr Sue Barker said: “It was extremely humbling to meet all of the inspirational people at the awards, they should all be very proud.
The range of the volunteering undertaken by all of the finalists at last night’s awards, and indeed all those nominated, illustrates the variety of ways that as individuals we can make a difference not only within our local community, but also to an individual’s life.”
Chairman of Essex County Council, Cllr John Aldridge who was also at the awards said: “I was honoured to be part of this years’ Who Will Care? Awards and see so many people recognised for the amazing volunteering work they do. The awards show the vast range of volunteering taking place every day in communities in our county and the wonderful people in our county that go the extra mile to help others.”
The Who Will Care? Awards were open for nominations during March and April 2017, with record breaking nominations received
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