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Sunderland Shining Stars Awards 2021

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Sunderland Shining Stars Awards is a community awards programme to celebrate those who have made an outstanding contribution in the city throughout 2020/21 during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Shining Stars City Finals Awards Ceremony was held on Wednesday October 6, celebrating the people who have contributed to their communities throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.

When the UK went into lockdown in March last year, it highlighted the importance of volunteering, supporting and looking after the city's most vulnerable residents.

The people of Sunderland were given the opportunity to thank the individuals, groups and organisations who went above and beyond to help, by nominating them for one of several categories in the Shining Stars Awards.

Winners and highly commended runners up were then chosen from each of the five areas of the city by a panel of judges.

The area winners then attended the City Final Awards to find out who the overall winners would be.

The winners were:

Organisation of the Year (sponsored by Sunderland City Council) - ELCAP

ELCAP were the lead organisation of the Coalfield hub during the pandemic. The team assisted residents of Easington Lane with food banks, minibus transport, collecting prescriptions, and general health and wellbeing calls to residents.

Outstanding Contribution to the Community (Over 18) (sponsored by Sun FM) - Graeme Riddle

Graeme, 60, stepped up to be a volunteer ambulance driver for the North East Ambulance Service when furloughed.

Young Person's Outstanding Contribution to the Community (Under 18) (sponsored by Together for Children) - Harvey Gordon

Harvey volunteered his own time during lockdown to help the community, from dog walking to supporting the elderly and vulnerable, shopping, packing and delivering resource packs.

Sunderland's Most Neighbourly Neighbour (supported by Northumbria Police) - Jenny McQuillan

Jenny voluntarily looked after an elderly couple, helping them with meals, transport and care. When things took a turn for the worse, Jenny went out of her way to support and help the family arrange a loved one's funeral.

Best Use of Digital Technology for Communication (sponsored by Step up Sunderland) - AAA Sports

Unable to deliver sessions as normal, AAA Sports created online virtual sessions to keep their students active and helped them keep up physical activity and social interaction.

Community Group that has Supported Residents' Mental Health and Wellbeing (sponsored by Everyone Active) - Washington Hub Volunteers

Washington Hub Volunteers went over and above throughout the whole of the pandemic, helping the vulnerable and supporting with shopping and prescriptions.

Community Fundraising Group (sponsored by The Bridges) - Mark Allison

When lockdown stopped his plans to run around the world, Mark completed a duathlon on his driveway to continue to raise funds for St Benedict's Hospice, which he has done for 30 years.

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