The outstanding achievement of Hamara Healthy Living Centre was recognised at the fourth annual White Rose Shopping Centre Community Awards on Friday (23 October 2015).
The new award for an organisation that goes the extra mile to help others, went to Beeston-based Hamara for its work in supporting the Syrian Refugee appeal.
Attendees at the ceremony where awards were made to more than 20 community heroes, heard how Hamara, acting as a collection point for food, clothing, toiletries and bedding, received enough donations within a matter of weeks to fill two large garages.
The goods will be distributed to those in need via aid organisations.
As well as being recognised for its collective work, two young Hamara members, 11-year-old Arooje Khan and her 10-year-old brother Adie received a joint award for the tireless work they have done in raising money for the Leeds Children’s Heart Surgery Fund and Martin House Children’s Hospice.
Other local award winners included Leeanne Rowinska from Women’s Health Matters who set up the YUMS Young Mothers Group in Middleton as well as Laurence Wright and Adam Whitely who look after 250,000 honey bees that live on the roof of the centre in their spare time.
Taylor-Mae Francis and Douglas Pattison are both long standing members of The Hunslet Club. Taylor-Mae now volunteers and help coach the younger children in Cheerleading and Gymnastics. Douglas is the National Schoolboy Boxing Champion and a great role model in the club.
Sue Pennycook picked up an award for her working heading up the partnership that has turned around the fortunes of the South Leeds Youth Hub in Belle Isle.
Each award recipient received a hand made piece of glass produced by the Glassroom at Cockburn School featuring a stunning kingfisher design created by Year 8 pupil Erin-Rae Hughes who was also recognised for her work.
Centre Manager Dean Stratton said:
“This is my favourite day of the year as it gives us a chance to say thank you to the public spirited people who make Leeds such a special place.”