White Rose honours community spirit

Some of this year's recipients

White Rose Shopping Centre has honoured local heroes from across Leeds at its annual Community Awards.

The awards celebrate people and organisations working hard to benefit their local community.

This year’s winners include:

  • South Leeds charity Re:establish, which is committed to the development and nurturing of people’s social, mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual needs and offers a safe space to the community through its art, cooking, and sporting activities
  • Ruby Sheldon and Emily Beasley, participants in White Rose’s Made in South Leeds competition, who helped raise £950 through their sustainable, environmentally-friendly water bottles
  • Hannah Cockroft MBE, seven-time Paralympic Champion and White Rose’s Accessibility Ambassador
  • Andrea Jenkyns MP, who has been the Member of Parliament for Morley and Outwood since 2015 and was instrumental in ensuring that Morley benefited from the ‘Town Deal’ to foster economic regeneration, stimulate investment, and deliver vital infrastructure
  • Matt Tune, Operations Manager at White Rose, who is not only responsible for keeping the centre and its grounds in tip-top shape but is also Head Beekeeper at the centre. Matt, a proud member of the British Beekeeping Association, is responsible for ensuring White Rose’s hives of bees are happily buzzing each year
  • A special nod to the centre’s Essential Retailers which continued trading safely and securely through the early pandemic and national lockdowns. Teams pulled together to deliver exceptional service to guests making their essential trips, with many going above and beyond to bring smiles to faces – such as Superdrug White Rose, which became a TikTok sensation

Handcrafted glass trophies awarded to each winner have been designed by students at Cockburn School, and created by its Glass Room. The brief for 2021 was ‘Frontline Heroes’, and students were asked to design artworks commemorating the selfless, ongoing work by people caring for others through the pandemic.

Steven Foster, centre director at White Rose Shopping Centre, said: “Especially during these unusual times, it’s important to recognise the great and altruistic work that people are doing in our wonderful city. We’re pleased we can do our part to celebrate the actions of our community.”

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