High Sheriff of Hampshire Community Awards to be presented to volunteers

The mayor of Winchester, Ernie Jeffs (right), and the High Sheriff of Hampshire, Rupert Young (left), presented an award Kelly Longhorn (centre) at an event last month.

The mayor of Winchester, Ernie Jeffs (right), and the High Sheriff of Hampshire, Rupert Young (left), presented an award Kelly Longhorn (centre) at an event last month.

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HAMPSHIRE’S most impressive volunteers will be honoured in one of its most impressive settings.

The High Sheriff of Hampshire’s Community Awards, presented to those who make an outstanding contribution to communities across Hampshire, will take place in Winchester’s Great Hall on Saturday.

Mary Dawson, who chairs the panel of judges for the Winchester district said: “I have been amazed at the incredible reach of some of this work and of the commitment and care put in by the nominees finally selected.”

Individuals to be honoured are Anji Palmer Clarke, at Winchester Area Community Action; Isobel Hughes, at Winchester Young Carers Project; Julie Roberts, at the Theatre Royal; and three students at the University of Winchester — Charlotte Gould Smith, Darcie Jackson and Mollee Vasey — who are recognised for their work on a play put on with inmates at the prison.

Spurgeons Invisible Walls Service, which works with Winchester Prison and supports families affected by imprisonment, is one of two charities recognised.

Winchester Churches Nightshelter, which helps the city’s homeless and vulnerable, is the other.

Rupert Younger, High Sheriff of Hampshire, said: “I am very grateful to Mary Dawson for all her hard work in researching and nominating these award winners.

“They are very deserving winners, each with impressive and inspiring stories to tell.”

The awards will be formally given to winners from across Hampshire at a special ceremony in the Great Hall on March 1 from 6pm.

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