White Rose honours community spirit

Local heroes from across Leeds have been honoured at the White Rose Shopping Centre Community Awards today (17 October 2019).

The awards, now in their eighth year, celebrate people and organisations doing amazing work to benefit their local community.

This year’s winners include:

Frances Jones, Treasurer and Trustee of the Friends of Middleton Park, which will be celebrating its centenary in 2020. Frances aims to attract people to the park again and again, creating a unique green space in the city.

Andy Lloyd, part of Leeds City Council’s Child Friendly Leeds team. Andy is ‘obsessive’ about making Leeds a Child Friendly City, and his passion is as infectious as his good humour.

Ian O’Brien, a former Inspector at West Yorkshire Police, who has provided invaluable support to White Rose and the South Leeds Community.

Mark McFarlane of non-profit organisation The Sentinel Squad, which aims to bring joy to people across the galaxy with their love for all things Star Wars – and has raised more than £103,000 for charities across Yorkshire.

…plus more from organisations including Slate, Churwell Environmental Volunteers, Landsec, The Stephen Longfellow Academy, Cineworld, Debenhams, Cockburn Academy, Hamara, Central Yorkshire Scouts, and Crawshaw Academy’s Sustainability Squad

Each winner has been awarded a handcrafted glass trophy created by The Glass Room at Cockburn School. The trophies have been designed by students Kayra Demirkol and Long Pham, both age 12, who were inspired by the brief of ‘Recycling’. The design includes elements relating to the environment, energy, and community.

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

“The Community Awards are one of our favourite events of the year – it’s a delight to be able to highlight some of the incredible work that goes on in South Leeds.

“We’re incredibly proud to work alongside these hard-working individuals and organisations, and we believe we can all be inspired by the work they do each and every day.”


This post is based on a press release issued on behalf of White Rose Shopping Centre