The annual Herefordshire Community Awards ceremony took place last night with Angela Tyler named the overall Herefordshire Community Champion.

Her work with the ELY Memorial Find has grown 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.

Stephen Gow was named as this years Youth Champion. 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.

The Environment Champion is 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.

The Cart Shed volunteers have been named as Volunteer Champions. They 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.

The Caring Champion is Tina Lloyd. As well as raising her own family, Tina is a foster carer for children with a vast range of special needs and disabilities. 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.

Gallery – Photos from Herefordshire Council Facebook Page.