Derbyshire Community Champions lauded by stars

Gwen Taylor and Enid Francis
Image caption Actress Gwen Taylor presented the Carer award to Enid Francis

Some of Derbyshire's unsung heroes have been recognised in the county's annual Community Champions awards.

The 14 winners were honoured at a special event at Pride Park Stadium in Derby on Sunday night.

Each was honoured for their dedication to local communities and for inspiring others.

They were selected by BBC Radio Derby and the Derby Telegraph and joined by celebrities including swimmer Ross Davenport and actress Gwen Taylor.

Gwen Taylor said: "I think it's wonderful. When I was younger it was never thought of - people hid their lights under bushels - they were never praised for what they did.

"I think it's a great boost to the whole community when people are recognised for what they're doing."

BBC East Midlands Today's Dominic Heale, former Apprentice contestant Howard Ebison and Bargain Hunt personality Charles Hanson were also among the people handing out the awards.

Margaret Cordwell, who has raised £100,000 for cancer charities since the 1970s, together with her late husband Ron, received the Fundraiser of the Year award.

Derby County footballers Ben Davies and Lee Croft, with Rams chief executive Tom Glick, handed 13-year-old Sophie Walker her Children in the Community award. Sophie cares for her mother who has Huntington's Disease.

Actress Georgia Groome presented the Courage Award to Jade Swain, who had her nose amputated because of cancer and is now in remission.

Throughout her illness, Jade held online auctions to raise money for CLIC Sargent, the charity which helped her during her cancer fight.

She has so far raised more than £1,000 by selling jewellery and make-up donated to her.

Community Champions 2011

Achieving Against the Odds Award - Hannah Spencer

Chief Constable's Special Award - Jim Hardy

Great Neighbour Award - Bob Farmer

Be Inspiring Award - Maria Hanson

Mayor's Special Award, Diversity - Rosie Mychajlow

Kindness to Animals Award - Pat Plumpton-Edwards

Cultural Champion Award - Angie Doughty

Unsung Sporting Hero - John Lewis

Extra Mile Award - Geoff Holland

Adult Volunteer Award - Rekha Thaker

Carer Award - Enid Francis

Fund-raiser of the Year - Margaret Cordwell

Children in the Community Award - Sophie Walker

Courage Award - Jade Swain

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