White Rose honours community heroes

The winners of the fifth annual White Rose Shopping Centre Community Awards, celebrating local Leeds heroes, were announced in a ceremony this Thursday 20 October.

Children's Lord Mayor Hannah Begum from Beeston receives her award
Children’s Lord Mayor Hannah Begum from Beeston receives her award

Winners include:

  • Hannah Begum, Children’s Mayor of Leeds, who has worked to promote community cohesion during her year in office
  • Dale Dixon of A E Yates and Dominic Gordon of CHY, who focused on local contractors, materials, and employment while developing White Rose’s new staff car park, ensuring more free parking spaces are available to customers
  • President and Vice President Ian Earl and Luke Holroyd of the Morley Chamber of Commerce, who work tirelessly to help the area thrive
  • Auli Miles and Maxine Kelly of Child Friendly Leeds, who strive to put children and young people at the heart of the city
  • Cllr Bob Gettings, Mayor of Morley, honoured for providing the South Leeds community with outstanding support throughout his career
  • Morley Women’s Institute, whose Rhubarb and Custard Calendar has so far raised more than £8,000 for charity
  • and Wild Thing ecologist Phil Bolton, who supports the White Rose team in understanding the biodiversity of the centre’s environment, identifying species such as kingfishers and safeguarding their future safety

Each worthy winner has been gifted with a one-of-a-kind glass trophy, handmade by the Glassroom at Cockburn School, featuring a design created by Year 7 Student Nathan Rayner. Nathan’s design, featuring an assortment of hand tools, was inspired by the exciting new development currently underway at White Rose.


Steven Foster, General Manager of White Rose Shopping Centre, said:

“Each year, our Awards brings so much joy to both the local community and our staff – there’s such a buzz around the event in the run-up, and we’re proud to honour these amazing members of society.

“The Awards really highlight how wonderful and diverse our local area is. We’re delighted to pay tribute to these heroes of South Leeds, as well as reflecting such a unique part of the region under our roof – there’s something for everyone. We’ve been buoyed by the compassion and bravery that this year’s winners have displayed, and we know the rest of the community has, too.”

The White Rose Shopping Centre Community Awards are held annually and celebrate those who do outstanding work to benefit the local community, or who have shown courage in adverse circumstances.