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Successful Community Spirit Awards Celebrating Selfless Businesses And Individuals

For the second year running, Community Foundation for Calderdale have hosted the Community Spirit Awards with the event attracting over 300 people all celebrating the selfless work of volunteers, charities and community groups.

Judith Wright, the Managing Director and founder of Wright Angle Marketing was one of the judges on the judging panel and had the difficult task of shortlisting the 60 submissions from the public, beneficiaries, community groups and charities down to 35.

The awards night as a whole was a great success and kicked off with the Headmaster of Ravenscliffe High School, Martin Moorman walking away with the Outstanding Individual Achievement Award. The second award of the night went to Roger Harvey OBE with the Lifetime Service Award.

The third award was sponsored by WAM and presented by our Head of Creative, Tim Ingram and Social Media Executive, Becca McAusland-Healey in the Best Marketing category. The winner of this award was Overgate Hospice for their successful rebranding of the Midnight Walk.

The Midnight Walk has always been a popular fundraising event, however, the team at Overgate thought they could make it a lot bigger and better. They identified a new way to market the event and formed new partnerships with media providers such as The Pulse Radio Station, Exterion Media and JCDecaux. All of this hard work led to an increase of £39,500 in donations, which is why they were shortlisted and won this and two more prestigious awards on the night.

The rest of the awards were as follows:

  • Healthy Minds Calderdale won the Breakthrough of the Year Award
  • Kevin Flanagan Winning the Young Community Champion Award
  • The Great & Green Award was won by Slow The Flow
  • Brodstock Music Festival took the Best Fundraising Campaign Award
  • Nova Collective followed with the award for Art & Culture
  • Volunteer of the Year Award was given to two women with an outstanding length of service, both Peggy Wilson and Peggy Bruce
  • The Best New Charitable Group was awarded to the Puzzle Hall Community Pub
  • The final award was the Charity of the Year, which was given to Halifax Opportunities Trust

The event as a whole was a huge success which awarded the individuals and businesses who are working selflessly as volunteers, part of a charity or community group with the recognition they deserve.

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