VOTING is now open for the four organisations across the area that have been put forward for the Community Champions Award as part of the Mercury Business Awards 2012.
The award, sponsored by Cummins Generator Technologies, is to recognise the efforts of a person, group or business that has made an outstanding effort to help the community.
The two nominees with the most public votes will be announced as winners and will be invited to collect their award at the Mercury Business Awards gala dinner on Tuesday, May 15, at Greetham Valley Hotel, Golf and Conference Centre.
Vote for your nomination by completing the coupon in the Mercury and return it to us by midday on Friday, April 27. The coupon must be completed in full. No photocopies allowed.
Russell Hibbitt - Burghley Park Cricket Club
Behind every successful sports club there are unseen people tirelessly working to keep things running smoothly. Russell Hibbitt, is that man at Burghley Park Cricket Club.
Russell, 45, of Well Court, Empingham has poured his heart and soul into the club and since finishing as a league-winning first team captain, has had just as much success improving the club off the field.
Having taken the reins of the club’s biggest event, Cricket Week, Russell has built it into a huge occasion by incorporating a beer festival into it.
The event now regularly has crowds of more than 800 packing out the ground on the finals nights in July.
Club chairman David Billings, who surprised Russell with the nomination, said: “Russ is one of those people that any club can’t do without.
“He could have walked away when he got injured but he has stayed on and become an incredibly active club committee member.
“He has worked tirelessly to improve this aspect of our season such that it now, with ever increasing crowds, bringing cricket to the wider community.”
Russell said: “I’ve been here since 1984 and have thoroughly enjoyed it and just wanted to give something back.”
The Boundary Fish and Chips and The River Restaurant
Helping as many people as often as they can within the local community is the ethos of the staff at The Boundary Fish and Chips and The River Restaurant.
The Boundary, in High Street Market Deeping has been serving the Deepings community for nearly 70 years.
The shop’s focus has been to make a difference locally, raising more than £10,000 for its
main cause, Deepings
The chip shop’s next charity day is planned for July 4, when it will donate the entire day’s takings between and the practice and children’s charity Anna’s Hope which it has raised £2,000 for since 2011
The business regularly reaches out to the wider community, sponsoring football teams, donating plants to the leisure centre, vouchers as raffle prizes and supporting projects such as MP John Hayes’ Charity Cricket Match as part of helping up to 30 different organisations.
Partner Bill Shaw said: “As much as we can we try and spread what we have to give to as many organisations as we can.
“Our business would not exist without the community supporting us and it is our fervent desire to give back to the community and support wherever and whenever we are able.”
Radiowaves - Catmose College
PUPILS at Catmose College have opened up their school to the wider community by taking to the air waves.
Since the scheme started three years ago the Radiowaves reporting team from the college has produced more than 1,500 articles and registered 282 pupil reporters.
A recent highlight was an interview with Secretary of Education Michael Grove as part of their coverage of educational shows.
The school’s sterling work has been recognised by the Radiowaves network, beating off opposition from more than 1,000 other schools to be named Best Secondary School Station two years running, as well as being selected for the School Champion network three years running.
Project co-ordinator Beth Smith, who nominated the pupils for the Community Champions Award, said: “It has had a huge impact on the school and the community.
“First of all it was just a school thing but now we are getting out into the wider community and even being requested to cover community events.
Principal Stuart Williams said: “It has really galvanised the students who have taken full responsibility for the
“It gives them a strong voice in the community.
“They are real ambassadors for the school.”
Linfords Traditional Fish and Chips
LINFORDS Traditional Fish and Chips believes that it is important to give back to the community you serve and in recent years it has embraced a range of charity fundraising opportunities.
The chip shop in Market Place, Market Deeping, runs charity days where it sells regular cod and chips at a reduced price of £3, with £500 being raised for The Fisherman’s Mission, Yellow Beetle Challenge and Market Deeping mayor Bob Broughton’s charities.
Linfords also support a number of other charities, raising money for Comic Relief and Sport Relief, and having a collection tin on the counter which has supported a range of additional charities.
Each year in the run up to Christmas the shop also holds a raffle with the proceeds going to the Amazon Children’s Ward at Peterborough Hospital.
Owner Paul Linford said: “We set aside a certain amount of money to give back to the community.
“The staff believe in what we are doing and they give their time up free on days like our charity fish and chips day.
“It is a team effort here and in that team we include our customers who are so generous.”
“We are just happy to help where we can.”