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Day 2 – Volunteers’ Week in Stockport: Climate Action and Community Inclusion Awards

Day 2 – Volunteers’ Week in Stockport: Climate Action and Community Inclusion Awards

Throughout Volunteers’ Week, we are highlighting some of Stockport’s amazing volunteers whose work and dedication were recognised at the recent Stockport Rocks Volunteer Awards evening. 

Tuesday 4th June:
Today we recognise the people who have been highly commended along with the winners of the Climate Action and the Community Inclusion Awards.

Climate Action Award

Winner: Agnes Pimblett (left with Lizzy McDowell from Sponsor Kao Data) Friends of Heaton Norris Park

“Agnes has secured funding for the community growing area next the Heaton Norris Community Centre within the park, working with both Heaton Norris Community Centre and Hatton Hilltop to improve the park and organise events and activities such as a bowling initiative. Agnes set up The Heaton Norris Wombles, keeping the Streets in her neighbourhood as litter free as possible. I cannot imagine how many sacs of litter she has filled over the last few years.”   Janette Sadgrove – Stockport Council

Highly Commended: Carl Palmer, Woodley & Bredbury Community Garden

“Carl is, without question, the absolute backbone of the W&B Community Garden. Without him, ti would still be a patch of wasteland next to the Peak Forest Canal, but instead it’s a thriving and well maintained garden for the community to enjoy.. he is often to be found at the Community Garden after work, pulling weeds, emptying bins, filling bird feeders as needed.”  Jennifer Beatty

Highly Commended: Greg Pike (above left), Marple Climate Group

“Greg has campaigned tirelessly for action on tackling climate change for over 7 years.

“As a member of Marple Climate group he has performed major roles in organising and presenting 2 major conferences in Marple on climate change, manned countless street stalls in Marple, attended COP 26 in Glasgow to campaign for action, helped to organise Stockport Green Network activities including their 2023 green fair at Woodbank Park, helped ot bring together different groups and societies in Marple to coordinate joint agendas in facing the dangers of climate change, assisted ni planting an orchard in Marple and helped Marple Civic Society to include a green agenda in their plans for future developments in Marple.”   Gordon Underhill McKay

Community Inclusion Award

Winners: Paul Goddard & Jimmy Glinden, Brinnington Park Leisure Complex 

“Each week we have around 16 people from the community coming along for a FREE game of Bingo, chat & coffee. Some of these people were isolated before we launched this group & had no social activities in their routine.

Both Paul and Jimmy are stars and both deserve to be awarded in their own right, without them we would not be able to do the work we do with the community here at Brinnington Park. ” Leigh Appleton – Life Leisure

Highly Commended: Richard Hubbard, Cheadle & Gatley Football Club

“Richard’s vision for the club was to make Cheadle & Gatley FC a football club for everybody. This vision has been realised due to the many new initiatives that Richard has launched including: • New club female section (now has 10 teams) • New disability sessions (providing football to over 50 local players each week) • Vets football sessions +teams for over 45’s • Walking football sessions for up to 70 years of age.

“Richard’s desire to make football affordable for everyone has seen him raise 10’s of thousands of pounds worth of sponsorship to keep club membership costs as low as possible..”   Mark Fraser 

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