Making A Difference

BBC Make a Difference Awards community champions

The winners were announced at a BBC Make a Difference Awards ceremony organised by BBC Radio Berkshire at Reading Town Hall, presented by Bridgette Tetteh. I had the great honour of photographing the event.

The categories ranged from great neighbours and inspirational fundraisers, to thoughtful volunteers and outstanding key workers. Congratulations to everyone nominated for all their work, time and dedication. Particular congratulations must go the winners who are listed below:

  • Annie Hodgson – Volunteers for SPICE in Slough and teaches ice skating to children and young people with additional needs such as autism, Down Syndrome, and cerebral palsy
  • Remap Berkshire MakeAbility – Community group. Twenty eight volunteer engineers in Woolhampton making free gadgets and equipment for people with special needs
  • Ed Smith – Fundraiser Mr Smith, from Newbury, took on several charity challenges since losing his wife to cancer, including the SAS training walk and rowing the Atlantic
  • Caroline Saunders – Care manager at Hillview in Newbury, which provides supported living for adults with learning disabilities
  • Briony Palmer-Reid – Campaigned for safety railings to be put up after a boy drowned in the Kennet and Avon Canal
  • Laura Mackie – Key worker. Lead bereavement midwife at Basingstoke hospital
  • Freely Fruity – Environmental Award. Based in Winnersh supplying local grown fruit and veg for those in need
  • Sarah O’Neill and Rachel Walker – The Together Award. Ms O’Neill and Ms Walker run Helping Hand in Shinfield, worked in a pop-up food bank, and launched surplus food project SHARE Shinfield