The Random Act of Kindness category at the Lichfield Live Community Awards will be sponsored by the Friends of Friary Grange.

The sponsorship is particularly fitting given the group’s origins in bringing the community of Lichfield together to fight to protect Friary Grange Leisure Centre.

“Our campaign to save Friary Grange from closure garnered a fantastic show of community spirit and camaraderie, so we’re delighted to be able to sponsor the Random act of kindness category.”

“We know first hand how important community spirit is so we want to help remind everyone to celebrate their community and keep fighting for it, just like we are.” 

Caroline Fellows, chair of Friends of Friary Grange Leisure Centre

Lichfield Live is delighted to welcome the group’s support of the inaugural awards, which aim to highlight the significant contributions made by organisations, companies and individuals to the community across Lichfield District.

There have been numerous examples of outstanding work and services provided to local people during the pandemic, with spontaneous and random acts of kindness in evidence almost on a daily basis..

Paul Groves, a Director of Lichfield Community Media C.I.C. and chair of the judging panel, said Lichfield Live had been overwhelmed with the amount of support the awards have generated. 

“Each of our award sponsors have been very keen to show their backing for the community,” he added. “We would also like to thank all those who are helping ensure our inaugural awards night will be a fitting tribute to all the amazing work that continues to take place, as well as our judging panel.

“The awards also rely on the support of local people in nominating organisations and individuals for an award and there has been a very impressive response. But there is still time to make nominations.

“We intend to make the Lichfield Live Community Awards an annual event and the support we have enjoyed so far shows how strong community spirit is across the district.”

Each of the award categories has attracted sponsorship:

  • Award: Best voluntary organisation. Sponsor: Chase & District Memorial Park
  • Award: Random act of kindness. Sponsor: Friends of Friary Grange
  • Award: Best leadership. Sponsor: Secura Labels
  • Award: Best local business. Sponsor: A-Plan Insurance Lichfield
  • Award: Best professional. Sponsor: UK Stoneworx.

Lichfield Live will be asking our Panel of Judges, Kathy Coe MBE (founder of Pathway), the Very Rev Adrian Dorber, (Dean of Lichfield Cathedral), Louie Clegg, (Best of Lichfield), Kristen Lackajis (Editor at Citylife in Lichfield), and Paul Groves (Director of Lichfield Community Media C.I.C.) to pick a winner from each of the following categories.

Lichfield Live will make a shortlist from open nominations. Anyone can still submit a nomination, so get thinking about the groups and individuals who have impressed you the most in the last few months and get nominating.

As well as the awards categories above there will also be a People’s Choice Award voted by you during the awards show. We’re looking for the best lockdown house decoration! Send in your photos of your rainbows, teddy bears, NHS and frontline worker thanks and tune in live to vote for your favourites.

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