Morley’s community heroes were rewarded for going the extra mile to help others, at the White Rose Shopping Centre Community Awards.
Among the 20 individuals and community organisations recognised in the fourth annual ceremony was Drighlington’s Fred Ashworth, of the Royal British Legion. His team of poppy sellers has raised tens of thousands of pounds for the annual appeal including nearly £25,000 at White Rose in the last four years.
Retired deputy head teacher Terry Elliot OBE was also praised. Mr Elliott, who lives in Tingley, is chair of governors for the Gorse Academies Trust. The charity aims to create exceptional schools in areas of deprivation in the Leeds City Region.
The former Mayor of Morley Coun Wyn Kidger was honoured for supporting many good causes during her year in office. A charity auction, held at her mayoral ball, raised £1,800 for Terry Yorath House, which provides residential care and support for people with physical and learning disabilities.
White Rose employee Loz Wright was rewarded for the work he does with colleague Adam Whitley to look after the centre’s 250,000 bees. And Morley Observer reporter Leanne Clarke received an award of her own for helping numerous charitable causes and campaigns achieve their goals through her community news reporting.
Coun Bob Gettings MBE, a former deputy head teacher at Bruntcliffe School, could not attend the ceremony but will be awarded later in recognition of the work he does supporting youth development. White Rose 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.” Winners received a glass trophy, handmade by the Glassroom at Cockburn School, featuring a kingfisher design by pupil Erin-Rae Hughes.