Derby County Community Trust celebrated their Annual Awards event on Thursday evening and were joined by a number of their participants, partners and staff.

The evening saw six participants recognised for their fantastic achievements, as well as two internal awards to celebrate programmes and staff.

Among the accolades were Community Champion, Education Champion, Inclusion Champion, Volunteer Champion, Participant of the Year and Special Recognition.

The Community Trust works with over 24,000 participants annually, so those who were shortlisted had already displayed a fantastic commitment to everything that the Community Trust does.

The first award of the night went to Les Dickinson as Community Champion for his commitment to five of the Community Trust’s programmes on which he gives up his time on a weekly basis.

Derby County defender Curtis Davies was in attendance to present the Participant of the Year award, which went to Mireia Salinas.

Mireia’s inspiring story featured in the first episode of RamsTV’s The Trust and told her journey from being in a drug-fuelled, abusive relationship, to a happy, sporting individual who has become an integral part of the Trust’s Active Choices programme.

The staff and programmes of the Derby County Community Trust were also celebrated, with Programme of the Year going to Active Recovery, and the This Is Derby project. Over the last two years, Active Recovery has supported nearly 400 participants during their cancer rehabilitation journey. Whilst This Is Derby has made a huge impact on the young people community of Derby - bringing collaborative work across various cultural partners in the city.

Simon Carnall, Head of Community at the Derby County Community Trust, said: “Our Annual Awards are a stand-out highlight of the year and last night was no exception.

“To get all our staff, many participants and our brilliant partners all in one room to celebrate the year is a feat in itself, and the fact that the event grows year on year is a testament to how much our programmes achieve.”

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