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Trowbridge Mayor Presents Civic Awards for Outstanding Contributions.

Citizens who have made an outstanding contribution to their local community have been honoured with awards at the Trowbridge Annual Town Gathering. The awards are given to nominated members of the public and organisations in recognition of their outstanding commitment to community activities throughout 2023–2024.

Trowbridge Mayor, Cllr Stephen Cooper, presented a Community Champion award to Mark Marshall for his work with Trowbridge Service Users Group, which is a mental health service based in Trowbridge. Mark has helped many people with mental health, providing support and friendship to those in need.

The award was presented to Mark at the Trowbridge Town Annual Gathering held at The Civic on April 30th, following the Annual Town Meeting.

Trowbridge Basketball Club was awarded the Sports Club of the Year Award. The club makes such great efforts to keep the club and foundation alive for children and adults to enjoy their passion for the basketball sport. The basketball community really comes together. Trowbridge Basketball Club offers a variety of options, from drop-in training sessions on Sundays to memberships with training each week to games and tournaments. They support and host an annual charity event in memory of their founder, which welcomes the community to come along.

Cllr Cooper also presented the ‘Spirit of Youth’ Awards for Under 13s to Oliver Clark, aged 12, for his amazing fundraising for The Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital. Oliver has had a passion for magic since he was 6 years old, and after being encouraged by the warm reception he received from school talent shows, he decided to perfect his skills and take them to a wider audience. He is a member of the Magic Circle’s Young Magicians Club (for magicians aged under 18). For Oliver, magic isn’t just about captivating audiences; it’s a powerful tool for making a difference in the lives of others. Inspired by the courage of children battling illness at Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, Oliver has dedicated his talent to fundraising. Last year, Oliver performed at various fairs and fetes, including the Southwick Coronation Fete, Trowbridge Summer Country Fair, and The Southwick Show, as well as bringing joy to the elderly and young alike through his performances at various nursing homes and school fetes, raising vital funds for his charity.

This year, the Spirit of Youth Award for the 13–18 age group went to two nominees, Emmy Jones and Charlie Cadwgan.

Emmy has been a member of the RAF Air Cadets 2196 Squadron since 2019. Emmy epitomises the values and ethos of the Corps and has attended multiple wing camps and courses. Emmy also represents her wing on the RAF Air Cadets Southwest Region Air Cadet Council, teaches youth first aid as a gold instructor, and has had to utilise her skills several times whilst out and about. In October 2023, Emmy was appointed one of HM Lord Lieutenant of Wiltshire’s cadets for the year. She accompanied The Lord Lieutenant to Swindon for a visit by HM The Queen.

Charlie Cadwgan has been a member of Trowbridge Sea Cadets since 2021, and through his dedication and commitment, he has managed to reach the rank of Leading Cadet. He has participated in a range of public-facing events for us, including carrying the unit standard on Remembrance Day and helping raise money for the Royal British Legion. He is keen to support and develop the younger cadets around him by working towards becoming a seamanship instructor so that he can run sessions and support the cadet’s development. Leading Cadet Charlie is an excellent example of a young person within our local community who is dedicated to driving improvements in himself and the others around him.

The Community Club of the Year Award went to Trowbridge Sea Cadets. Trowbridge Sea Cadets has grown from 26 to 42 cadets during the 2023–2024 year. The cadets offer an opportunity for young people within the community to be able to develop valuable life skills such as resilience, confidence, self-discipline, and community awareness. The young people can commit time and dedication to supporting each other to become good citizens and more employable in the future.

Robin Dallimore won Charity Fundraiser of the Year. Robin has personally raised almost £35,000 for the Trowbridge branch of The Bath Cancer Unit Support Group; this has been achieved through various activities including raffles, quiz books, street collection, and selling plants from his home address. Robin is also an author of Poetry Emotion, with his book selling over 500 copies and raising just over £2500 for his charity.

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