First nomination into our Community Champion awards

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A WOMAN who is promoting respect and behaviour has been nominated into the Mercury Community Champions awards.

Sharon Clephane founded the Big Pink Heart in 2007 and is one of the first nominees.

Mrs Clephane has now been entered into the Mercury Community Champion, which is being sponsored by Cummins Generator Technologies, by Fiona Loft, of Mill Lane, Empingham.

Mrs Clephane said that the comments made by Mrs Loft on her nomination form brought a tear to her eye.

She said: “For someone to make the effort to nominate me means a great deal.

“We have achieved quite a lot since Big Pink Heart started, not just me but all the volunteers and people who believe that change is possible and help to do what we are trying to do. “

The aim is to help create a more civil society and BigPinkHeart works to achieve this by holding workshops in such places as schools and prisons, through big community events and with a new intergenerational book club.

She founded BigPinkHeart in October 2007 after watching people drive past an elderly woman who had fallen over and a lamb which was loose on the road.

In her nomination form, Mrs Loft praises the organisation for its work in prisons, Age Concern and schools.

She said: “The cause is really worthwhile and has had some really positive impacts on the communities across Rutland and Stamford, and has been achieved by one person’s strong determination to get it off the ground – and I truly believe that she deserves the recognition for this.

“On top of all of this voluntary work Sharon also has a husband and three children to look after and two dogs and at the same she also finds time to support her friends when they need it – a remarkable, selfless woman and a credit to the community.”

If you would like to nominate someone go to the Mercury homepage and click on the Community Champion logo.