Unsung Sheffield heroes win out

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The North East Community Assembly ‘Heart of the Community’ awards recognise those who have gone the extra mile in the community.

The unsung heroes and heroines living in the local community were given special awards at this ceremony on Friday to thank them for going beyond the call of duty. The winners range from a full time carer who also helps to support others carers, to a community member who shops for the elderly and helps to run a kids club.

Wendy Skelton (67) from Wincobank nominated one of the winners, Gwendoline Sanderson, who has been a Brown Owl at St Cuthbert’s Church in Burngreave, and District Leader for over 60 years. Wendy says: “It is brilliant to see Gwen get the recognition she deserves. Through her dedication to guiding she has touched hundreds of lives.

“I was in Gwen’s first Brownie pack in 1951, and the guidance she gave us then has stood the test of time. She taught me the value of giving before you receive. We are the people we are today because of the support we received from Gwen in our younger lives.”

Alison Rayner, North East Community Assembly Manager, said: “Friday’s ‘Heart of the Community’ awards were so moving, and a real celebration of the fantastic work done by ordinary Sheffield people out of the goodness of their heart. It was a privelidge to be able to recognise the massive contribution these people make.”