Leicestershire Cares Awards 2015: Winners

The winning volunteers and their employers who come to the aid of charities, community groups and people in need of a helping hand have been announced for the 2015 Leicestershire Cares Awards. The winners were revealed at a ceremony at City Hall in Leicester.

All the winners and finalists for the five awards have proved to be fantastic supporters of the work of Leicestershire Cares, which work with the homeless, young people leaving care, ex-offenders, school children and community groups. Thousands are helped each year.

Leicestershire Cares Awards 2015: Winners
The 2015 award winners are: The Company of the Year and winner of the Nicholas Corah Memorial Cup is Hinckley & Rugby Building Society. Leicestershire’s largest building society is hugely committed to Cares, taking part in Team Challenges, interview technique sessions, Number Partners and last year welcoming Coat Drive donations in its branches. The finalists were Alltruck plc and the Amateur Swimming Association. The Volunteer of the Year is Jackie Penney from Ford & Slater. Jackie was described as dedicated in her volunteering with Go For Reading, with the Flying Fish project for care leavers and when leading Team Challenges. The finalists were Gemma Humphrys from Alltruck plc and Carla Loughrey from Hinckley & Rugby Building Society.

The Team of the Year is from Walkers & Son, who transformed the Muddy Boots nursery in Beaumont Leys in a three-day, £15,000 makeover. The Challenge team was led by Walker & Son’s personnel manager Rachel Timmins. The finalists were the Amateur Swimming Association and National Grid.

Placement Provider of the Year is the independent plumbing and heating merchant Pochin. With a HQ at Braunstone Frith plus branches and showrooms across the East and West Midlands, Pochin has given several ex-offenders the opportunity to work and train. The finalists were Bellrock and Shoe Zone.

The ProHelp Award, for professional firms who support community groups with pro-bono help, was awarded to John Day Marketing Associates. A founder and stalwart support of ProHelp for 15 years, John has donated his expertise to countless community groups and charities. The finalists were Spearing Waite and Sylvester Cheung Architects.

Carla Loughrey, assistant marketing and PR manager at Hinckley & Rugby, said: “Being part of Leicestershire Cares means a lot to our staff. It’s a real privilege to get the opportunity to be involved with all the great work Cares organises in the local community and to work alongside its fantastic team of staff.

“You really can see the difference it makes to the recipients and the volunteers alike and receiving this award is something we’re extremely proud of.”

Monica Stark, director of Leicestershire Cares, said: “Congratulations to all the winners and also to the finalists. All do amazing work and the benefits are felt in every corner of Leicestershire.”