The winners of the seventh annual White Rose Shopping Centre Community Awards, celebrating local Leeds heroes, were announced in a special ceremony.

Winners include:

  • Michaela Hardwick of White Rose’s Thomas Cook, who has raised more than £4,000 for St Gemma’s Hospice following the passing of Thomas Cook Store Manager Dominic Horsley
  • Abby Briggs, a local amateur boxer who was this year selected to be part of the England Boxing team competing in the European Championships in Bulgaria – coming home with a silver medal at the age of 12
  • Sadiya Salim of Child Friendly Leeds, the driving force behind the city’s first Baby Week Leeds championing a positive start to children’s lives
  • Councillor Robert Finnigan, leader of Morley Town Council and former Mayor of Morley, and a passionate campaigner for the high standard of services that enhance the quality of life for those in South Leeds
  • Tom Byrne, Sustainability Manager at Landsec, who has spearheaded a number of green initiatives including the installation of 2,902 solar panels at White Rose – reducing the centre’s energy consumption by 22%

Each winner has been gifted with a handcrafted glass trophy, created by the Glassroom at Cockburn School, featuring a design created by three students: Hayden Hollis, Alesha Webster, and Alisa-Mai Robson. The design was inspired by the new outdoor play area at White Rose, which was opened this summer.

Steven Foster, General Manager of White Rose Shopping Centre, said: “Our annual awards aim to shine a light on those working tirelessly – and often quietly – to improve the lives of those living in South Leeds and beyond.

“We’re honoured to be able to highlight the incredible work being done in our city, and are inspired by the aspirations of our winners.”

The White Rose Shopping Centre Community Awards are held annually and celebrate those who do outstanding work to benefit the local community, or who have shown courage in adverse circumstances.

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