White Rose Centre rewards community heroes

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Passionate people from the Morley area who go the extra mile to serve their community were recognised and rewarded at an awards ceremony at White Rose Shopping Centre.

The centre’s third annual community awards saw presentations to Coun Judith Elliott, Dennis Marshall of the Morley Branch of the Royal British Legion, Wendy Kettlewell of Morley Chamber of Trade and Commerce and Bruntcliffe School students Hollie Gilligan and Niall Smithson.

They were among more than 25 community heroes from across Leeds who received a certificate and hand-crafted glass bowls, produced by The Glassroom at Cockburn School, from a design created by Year 9 student Adam Foxton.

White Rose Shopping Centre Director James Bailey, who presented the awards with centre manager Dean Stratton, said: “The awards have grown year on year and with each ceremony we have been delighted to celebrate the caring, compassionate, courageous and community-minded spirit of people of all ages, whose actions are an inspiration to others.” 

Coun Elliott, who was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours of 2012 for her services to Morley, was recognised for the tireless support that she gives to community organisations and charities in the town.

Dennis Marshall, a member of the Royal British Legion, was recognised for his outstanding work on Morley’s World War One centenary committee and the staging of a World War One street festival in the town in August.

Wendy Kettlewell received her award for the invaluable voluntary work she does as secretary for both Morley Chamber and Morley Town Centre Management Board, while Hollie Gilligan and Naill Smithson, who are co-chairs of the student council at Bruntcliffe School, were recognised for their services to charity fundraising.

Former Bruntcliffe pupil Frances Head, who now studies at Huddersfield New College, was rewarded for the perseverance and dedication that she showed in gaining 11 GCSEs in spite of having to miss months of school following a fireworks accident.