Watford honoured the outstanding work carried out by individuals and organisations in the community last Friday at Watford Colosseum.
Hosted by Mayor Dorothy Thornhill and Chairman Kareen Hastrick, the Audentior Awards celebrated Watford’s local heroes, and raised over £1,581 for the Chairman’s charities – New Hope and Watford Foodbank.
The Audentior Award winners were:
• Berice Andrews received the Mayors Award. A fantastic contributor to the Watford community, Berice is the Chairman of Garston Women’s Guild, three times president of Watford Lions Club, and Secretary of Watford Breath Easy Group.
• The Chairman’s Award for Volunteer of the Year was awarded to Polly Odbert, Manager of New Hope Charity Shop for giving of her time, talents and love – no matter who she is helping out at the charity shop.
• Charitable Group Award was given to Playskill, which supports parents and helps pre-school children with physical difficulties or delay to reach their potential.
• Watford and Three Rivers Refugee Partnership took the runner-up prize. Accepting and loving all who come through the partnership, they provide support to attain immigration status, material and practical help, English classes and social events.
• Lewington/Price Disability Award was given to Wheelchair Dance sport Association (UK) for supporting those who would otherwise be excluded for dancing. They are raising the standard of instruction and competition, both in the UK and Internationally.
• Garston Ladies FC received the Mayor’s Sporting Achievement Award: Group. One of the biggest female football clubs in the UK, the team believes in football for all. The team provides a great football experience for 340 players as well as raising over £1,000 for Mencap.
• Louis Hines of the Watford Swimming Group was awarded the Mayor’s Sporting Achievement Award: Individual for achievements in swimming.
• Finally, the Special Achievement Award went to Grelle White – Spreading the word about all the great culture and arts events that are going on throughout Watford through the Watford Area Arts Forum Magazine.
Chairman Hastrick said: “It is so important to thank those people who give hours of their time to the local community to make life in the town better for all our residents. Presenting them with these awards is just a small token of gratitude for all they do. These groups and individuals are among many more who add to Watford’s fantastic community spirit and demonstrate the determined goodwill and caring nature of local people.”