Two community groups supported by Lincoln City Foundation, as well as a valued fundraiser for the charity, have all been recognised at BBC Radio Lincolnshire’s Make A Difference Awards.
The awards recognise community heroes who make a big impact where they live and are designed to celebrate remarkable people.
Sincil Bank Litter Pick and Rivercare Group were the winners of the Good Neighbour Award which recognised the groups’ continued voluntary efforts to remove litter and rubbish from the streets and local riverbank area in the Sincil Bank area where they live. The community team at Lincoln City Foundation initially supported residents to form the group back in 2014, and staff from the Foundation continue to enjoy regularly volunteering at the monthly clean up events.
Kate O’Reilly, community manager at Lincoln City Foundation, said: "We are so proud of the Litter Pick and Rivercare group and all their hard work to enhance the appearance of where they live. The volunteers are dedicated to making a difference to their community and instilling pride in the Sincil Bank community. This award is a testament to their many years of commitment."
Sincil Community Land Trust, another local group, were nominated under the Environmental Award in recognition of their efforts to create green space within the Sincil Bank neighbourhood by transforming a locked away, disused space, into a thriving community garden. The Community team at Lincoln City Foundation have supported the development of the Land Trust and continually assist with tasks on site throughout the garden’s ongoing development.
Olly Priscott was also nominated in the fundraiser category for his efforts supporting the Foundation’s ‘Fighting Fit’ cancer care programme. Olly lives with a stage 4 duodenal-type follicular lymphoma cancer diagnosis and is therefore personally motivated in his challenge of walking 2200 miles this year to raise both awareness and funds.
Alice Carter, head of healthier communities at Lincoln City Foundation, added: "Olly’s fundraising efforts are hugely appreciated and have been able to support us delivering physical activity sessions for those living with cancer across Lincolnshire.
"I had the pleasure of walking with Olly earlier this year as part of his challenge and he is an inspiring man, well worthy of this recognition."