Nominations Open for 2020 Community Champion Awards

Nominations for the Henley Herald Community Champion Awards 2020 are now open.  In 2020 Covid-19 has brought the Henley community even closer together and many people have offered support to others in these unprecedented times. The awards will honour those individuals who have gone above and beyond this year – proving that Henley is a very special place.  This year we’ve replaced the Young Sporting Superstar as there hasn’t been much sport with a special Covid-19 ‘Made Us Smile’ Award. There will be no judging panel – the public will decide on who the worthy winners of the following awards should be by reading their nominations and voting on line during November. To nominate, please complete the online form below.

Charity Champion

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Awarded to a person who has given up their time voluntarily to help out a charity or good cause whether that be fundraising or volunteering time, or both.  It is not perhaps about how much money they’ve raised but more about the challenges they’ve overcome.  Many have raised money for NHS Charities Together this year.

Heart of Gold Neighbour/Covid-19 Mutual Aid Volunteer

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An army of volunteers signed up to be part of the Henley and Shiplake Covid-19 Mutual Aid Groups in March, ensuring that every street had a volunteer, residents could seek help from.  There were many other neighbours too this year just looking out to help others in these times of needs.  Nominate your volunteer or neighbour for their acts of kindness or someone who just brightened up your day.

Customer Service Champion

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In memory of Rob Myles-Hooton who died in 2017 (who worked at The Three Horseshoes, The Queen’s Head and the Landlord of The Old Bell pub) who prided himself on giving a warm welcome to all his customers.
Awarded to a business or employee who goes above and beyond to give first class service and customer experience.

Made Us Smile Superstar

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In memory of Simon Priestley
In a year which has been tough for us all, we were delighted to cover stories of people’s creative ideas that brought a smile to people’s faces and lifted our moods.  We will start the nominations for this award by nominating Jo Haley for the Boglet Family, Caroline Barefield for Spoonville on Thames, Nicola Nott for Big Ted, Piers Burnell for this Olympic rowing, Graham Bell for his home ski run and Maria Whyte for Morris the Monkey and saxophonist Art Themen.  Please nominate any others that brought a smile to your face.

Top Teacher/Teaching Assistant

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Awarded to a teacher or teaching assistant who has shown extraordinary commitment to have a positive impact on the lives of local children through their enthusiasm and commitment, both at school and particularly throughout homeschooling during lock down this year.

Community Champion

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An individual who takes pride and gives service to the community through hard work, dedication and commitment.  An all-rounder who perhaps combines working with local community groups, charities, schools, sports clubs etc.

Award Nominee’s Criteria

All nominees must live or work in central Henley-on-Thames or within 3 miles including Shiplake and Harpsden.

Nominees can be any age.

The Customer Service Champion must work for a central Henley business but may live outside the town.

Describe your nominee – up to 100 words and give an example to highlight the reason why they should win the award.  These words will be published with the nominee’s name for the public to vote on.

Closing Date for nominations is Thursday 29 October 2020 at 5pm.

Public voting opens on Monday 2 November and closes on 30 November.

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Previous winners were:

Charity Champion – Sue Prior from Nomad (2018) Hilary Arthur from Riverside Counselling (2019)

Community Champion – Laura Reineke from Henley Music School (2018) and Keith Whiting (2019)

Heart of Gold Neighbour – Louise Hastings (2018) and Brian Dix (2019)

Top Teacher – Tim Hopkins from Badgemore (2018) and Luke Harding from Gillotts (2019)

Customer Service Champion – Josette Ofiera – WH Smith (2018) and Lin from Sainsburys (2019)

Young Sporting Superstar – Georgina Robinson-Ranger for Rowing (2018) and Olivia Belcher for Gymnastics (2019)

Awards Party in aid of Lowland Rescue Oxfordshire 

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We hope that we will present the awards to the winners on Friday 5 February 2021 at an Awards Party at Henley Rugby Club.  Other arrangements will be made if we are unable to. The winners will each receive a specially commissioned silver pin badge made by Studio 35 jewellers in Henley and a framed certificate. The party will be raising for money for Lowland Rescue Oxfordshire, our charity of the year. Lowland Rescue Oxfordshire are Oxfordshire’s lowland search and rescue team who are available 24 hours a day to support Thames Valley Police and the other emergency services in and around Oxfordshire. The team are primarily tasked with searching for vulnerable missing people including missing children, people with dementia and those in need of mental health support and are called out on average over 70 times a year. The team are also available to support Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue and the Local Resilience Forum during flooding and extreme weather events. The charity consists of around 80 volunteers trained to a national standard and are funded entirely by voluntary donations.  Lowland Rescue Oxfordshire are proud members of Lowland Rescue, one of the UK Search and Rescue governing bodies, and were awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in 2019.

Community Champion Awards Nomination Form

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