The Community Champion Awards represent everything that is good about Herefordshire’s selfless community

Photo of 2019 Herefordshire Community Champion Award winners

l-r Stephen Gow, Matthew Taylor, Tina Lloyd, Lady Darnley, Angela Tyler, Chairman of Herefordshire Council Councillor Brian Wilcox, The Cart Shed volunteers

Herefordshire has a lot to be proud about today, following the announcement of the 2019 Community Champion Award winners.

The Community Champion Awards, sponsored by Avara Foods, was established by the Chairman of Herefordshire Council, Councillor Brian Wilcox, to recognise the exceptional community contributions made by individuals and groups across the county.

The awards ceremony, held on Friday 22 March at Hereford Town Hall, was a celebration of the time and commitment made to local communities by 11 Herefordshire residents and four local groups. All finalists were invited to a formal dinner and Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant, The Dowager Countess of Darnley, presented the winners with £500, a personalised trophy and certificate – all made possible by sponsorship from Avara Foods. 

Photo of Community Champion and Champion of Champions Angela Tyler

Community Champion and Champion of Champions Angela Tyler with husband Steve Tyler, Chairman of Herefordshire Council Councillor Brian Wilcox, The High Sheriff of Herefordshire and Lady Darnley

Community Champion

Angela Tyler is this year’s Community Champion. She showed tremendous courage and bravery following the death of her daughter Emma in a road traffic accident. Angela founded the ELY Memorial Fund in Emma’s memory, a charity which provides a financial condolence gift to Herefordshire families who may face unexpected funeral costs following the death of their own child in a road traffic accident.

It was an emotional evening for Angela who received a standing ovation as she was named overall ‘Champion of Champions’. Her work with the ELY Memorial Find has continued to grow as Angela works tirelessly to promote road safety to young adults. She now has hopes to offer 15-17 year olds a road driving experience before they learn to drive, covering road safety, vehicle checks and driving skills.

Photo of Youth Champion Stephen Gow

Lady Darnley with Youth Champion Stephen Gow

Youth Champion

Stephen Gow was awarded Youth Champion for his dedication to the Army Cadets and the way he always volunteers himself with style, vigour and confidence. Through his involvement with the Royal British Legion he has shown a compassion for elderly veterans, hearing and learning from their experiences. This year, Stephen made Royal British Legion history as the first youth member to carry the Bromyard branch standard and represent Bromyard Army Cadet Force at county level – what a privilege that was!

Photo of Volunteer Champions The Cart Shed volunteers

Lady Darnley with Volunteer Champions from The Cart Shed

Volunteer Champion

The Cart Shed volunteers provide tailored support to people who may be facing mental health challenges or difficult episodes in their lives. The Cart Shed’s beautiful woodland setting is a starting point to improve people’s physical and mental health, with wellbeing walks, woodland craft courses and veteran mentorship just some of the inspiring therapeutic activities on offer.

Photo of Environment Champion Matthew Taylor

Lady Darnley with Environment Champion Matthew Taylor

Environment Champion

Matthew Taylor, a serving member of the Armed Forces and founding member of the Wye Float charity event. Matthew is devoted to his local environment and organises a team of volunteers to clear up objects, metal and other rubbish from the River Wye which has the potential to cause harm to river users and wildlife.

Photo of Caring Champion Tina Lloyd

The High Sheriff of Herefordshire with Caring Champion Tina Lloyd

Caring Champion

Tina Lloyd is a foster carer for children with a vast range of special needs and disabilities, as well as raising her own family. So far Tina has fostered around 25 children full time, for short breaks and respite care which gives a child’s family much needed rest from their daily caring role.

Published: Monday, 25th March 2019