Local heroes


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People who go the extra mile to support their community, or who have shown great courage, were recognised in an awards ceremony at White Rose Shopping Centre, Leeds.

STARS: White Rose Shopping Centre Community Award winners, with James Bailey and Dean Stratton and Phoebe Brook, who designed the awards.

STARS: White Rose Shopping Centre Community Award winners, with James Bailey and Dean Stratton and Phoebe Brook, who designed the awards.

A total of 20 people were recipients of the White Rose Community Awards presented by centre director James Bailey and centre manager Dean Stratton.

CONFIDENCE BUILDER: White Rose Shopping Centre director James Bailey presents an awards to Thahmima Begum of Health for All works with women who face social isolation.

CONFIDENCE BUILDER: White Rose Shopping Centre director James Bailey presents an awards to Thahmima Begum of Health for All works with women who face social isolation.

Award recipients included Thahmina Begum of Health for All, Leeds and Starr Zaman, who works at Hamara Healthy Living Centre in Beeston.

Over the past two years, Thahmina has been working with a group called Kushy Dil, which supports women from the Bangladeshi community in south Leeds who suffer social isolation.

By developing programmes that build confidence and improve mental and emotional well-being, she has helped many women and their families to develop friendships and become integrated into the local community.

Starr, who is a health and physical activities co-ordinator, is one of the most popular members of the Hamara team.

His award was in recognition of the enthusiastic approach he adopts to everything he does and the way in which he helps and encourages others.

The awards, a hand-crafted glass dish produced by pupils in the Glass Room at Cockburn School, were designed by Phoebe Brook, who was one of the VIP guests at the ceremony.

Award recipients, who also received a certificate, included ten-year-old Lily Corbridge, who earlier this year, made the huge sacrifice of cutting off her waist-length hair into a short bob so that it could be donated to a charity that makes wigs for children who suffer from various medical conditions.

HERO: Starr Zaman of the Hamara Centre in Leeds was awarded for his enthusiastic approach to any community task, his award was presented to him by White Rose Shopping Centre manager Dean Stratton.

HERO: Starr Zaman of the Hamara Centre in Leeds was awarded for his enthusiastic approach to any community task, his award was presented to him by White Rose Shopping Centre manager Dean Stratton.

Margaret Bingham and Andrea Edwards of the Ciaran Bingham Foundation Trust in Belle Isle, which helps young people who have suffered bereavement and also supports the elderly in south Leeds, were also honoured.

Husband and wife Peter and Liz Smith, who work tirelessly to help dementia sufferers and their carers through the Tea Cosy Memory Café in Rothwell, were also among the award recipients.

White Rose centre director James Bailey, said: “This is the second year that the centre has run the awards and we are delighted, once again, to be able to recognise and reward our community heroes.”

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