A Celebration of Our Community – My Column for Stockport Express

SE cikI launched the Community Heroes Awards as a celebration of the hard work and dedication many across Denton & Reddish put into making the communities we live in great. Nominations were open to the public, with over 70 individuals put forward by those who appreciate their work. From charity workers, to local historians, all who go above and beyond were thanked by myself, local councillors and the public of Denton and Reddish.

A body of local councillors, one representing each ward across the constituency narrowed down the nominations and chose one nominee per ward which then went to the final stage of voting, open to the public once again. From the nominations put forward it is clear just how much work goes into the communities that make up Denton & Reddish. It has made me even more proud to be the elected Member of Parliament for this great constituency.

As the MP for Denton & Reddish. I campaign for the best for our community, and I will always stand in Parliament for what I think is best for the people of this great constituency. But I cannot work alone. Selfless individuals like those nominated – preserve our rich heritage, raise the next generation through youth centres and after school clubs and serve the people who need it most. During this period of austerity, hitting the poorest the hardest – commitment to our food banks, homeless charities, and organisations providing basic items to those who can’t otherwise afford them is something which I feel needs to be thanked from the bottom of our hearts.

In no way is the hard work that goes into making Denton & Reddish such a fantastic community, unique to my constituency. Across the country, thousands dedicate their livelihood to their community. Too often this work goes uncelebrated, and I wanted to make sure that constituents from across Denton & Reddish had the opportunity to thank these selfless individuals and show just how appreciative we all are of their work. I encourage others to thank and celebrate those within their own community who go above and beyond all expectations, and make their area a more hospitable and friendly place.

Maureen Grundy of Haughton Green Young People’s Centre won the award. Throughout, it was fantastic to see the public from across Denton & Reddish thank and celebrate the hard working individuals who put in so much of their life to our communities. Groups from across Reddish were thanked extensively. From community groups set up by the likes of Adam Sanders (Love Reddish) and Alison Mitchell (Reddish Dementia Friendly Cafe) in Reddish North to Bob & Sheila Nevitt (Reddish Vale Community Group) and Sareena Ali (Helping Hearts Homeless Foundation) in Reddish South, those who try their hardest to help their community and those in need were nominated en masse. I was bowled over by the nominalions that came through, everybody put forward truly are community heroes that we can all thank and celebrate for making Denton & Reddish the great constituency that it is.

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