Awards handed out to those who make Warwickshire the best it can be - The Leamington Observer

Awards handed out to those who make Warwickshire the best it can be

THE TIRELESS efforts of Warwickshire residents have been honoured with community awards.

​Sophie Hilleary, Warwickshire’s high sheriff for 2023-24, held a special event at the Old Shire Hall in Warwick to recognise some of the outstanding individuals and organisations, nominated by the public, working to make the county the best it can be.

During the evening, 47 individuals were honoured with a certificate from the high sheriff.

These included Mark Taylor for his work with mental health through “Men Walking and Talking” in Kenilworth, Darren Forrest and Byron Banton of Bradby Club in Rugby for coaching boxing and kickboxing for over 30 years, and Rugby Street Pastors for their commitment to making the streets of Rugby a safer place on Friday and Saturday nights.

Ms Hilleary said: “One of the great privileges of serving as high sheriff of Warwickshire has been to meet so many who do so much to make our county such a great place to live.

“Tonight, we recognised and thanked 47 individuals who come from all over the county and who dedicate their time and skills to help others in their communities.”

Tim Cox, lord lieutenant of Warwickshire, added: “We have so many great individuals and organisations doing wonderful work in our county. This awards evening is a celebration of some of those people, justly rewarding them for their tireless efforts to make Warwickshire such a great place to live and work.

“I was fortunate to work with Sophie Hilleary during her time as high sheriff. She has had a wonderful year and I will be writing to her to thank her for all her hard work during her year of office.”


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