By Cllr Greg Peck
I recently had the honour of attending Broadland District Council’s Community at Heart Awards, which celebrate the achievements of people from the Broadland area who have made an exceptional contribution to their community.
Winners were chosen from categories, including carer of the year, young person of the year and environmental champion of the year, from nominations made by members of the public.
Among the winners was Ben Bartram, who was named as young person of the year, for his wheelchair tennis achievements.
Another young winner was 12-year-old Nadia Sparkes, who was named as environmental champion of the year for her commitment to litter picking. She is known as the “Trash Kid”, the nickname she acquired from bullies but has now appropriated and printed on her T-shirt. I had the added privilege of presenting her with her award.
Each winner was presented with a trophy, certificate and £100 in shopping vouchers. Highly commended finalists were also presented with certificates.
One of the highly commended finalists was Sophie Tudor of Reepham, who was nominated in the inspiration of the year category.
Sophie, who has congenital heart disease, was told by her cardiologist that her weight was putting her health at risk. She went on to lose a third of her bodyweight and she now inspires others.
Seeing all the fantastic achievements of our residents was very uplifting and, although they do not seek recognition, these awards help those impressive members of our community feel appreciated and valued.
Cllr Greg Peck, Norfolk County Council, Reepham Division
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