Trophies for your best neighbours

Maureen Rishworth from Eastmoor Community Project has won an award for her work in the community.
Maureen Rishworth from Eastmoor Community Project has won an award for her work in the community.
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COMMUNITY champions have been rewarded for their hard work in their neighbourhoods.

Volunteers and community groups picked up trophies during the city’s first Love Where You Live Awards.

The glitzy ceremony was organised by Wakefield and District Housing (WDH), Wakefield Council and West Yorkshire Police to recognise individuals and groups who have made a positive difference.

Maureen Rishworth, of Dent Drive, picked up an award for Working with Young People.

For the past seven years she has been the voluntary coordinator of Getting Eastmoor Moving (GEM), ensuring that up to 35 children a day on the estate have entertaining and educational activities in the school holidays at St Swithun’s Community Centre.

She said: “I thought all the winners would be sat near the front so I didn’t think I’d won. I am thrilled to bits. I have been working in my area for 40 years with young and older people alike and I am really proud of my community.

“I’ll put my award in our centre as this award is for all the people who visit there and this wouldn’t be possible without them.”

Residents of Silkstone Crest, Altofts, collected the prize for Best Neighbourhood in recognition of the work they have done planting shrubs on their street.

Rose Loyton said: “I’m so happy to receive this award and I’m going to take it home and put it where I can see it all the time.”

Colourful flowers and a well-kept vegetable garden earned Alan Chambers, of The Chase, Stanley, the prize for Best Garden.

And Joanne King, of St Swithins Court Independent Living Scheme, in Stanley, was rewarded for her efforts in Working with Older People.

The winners were decided by the public, with more than 3,000 votes cast.