Stewart wins Unsung Hero Award

Hospice Hope is delighted to announce that Stewart Shepherd was with winner of the Rural Communities Council Award for ‘Unsung Hero’ at a gala dinner at Winstanley Hall, Leicester on Thursday 11 October.

Nominated by Ibstock Support Café Leader, Vera Harding, the criteria for the award was:

An award made to an individual that has made a significant contribution to their community or that goes the extra mile to help and support others. Any individual can be nominated as an unsung hero as long as they are aged 16 or over and live within Leicestershire and Rutland. Some examples of the type of people we are particularly interested in include:

• A person that regularly gives up their time to help and support people in need

• An individual that has raised money for the benefit of your community

• Someone that has championed or led positive action to improve your area

• A person that manages or helps to run local projects, services, clubs or events

Stewart’s nomination highlighted his “his tireless voluntary efforts to benefit people affected by life limiting conditions” and the fact that “Stewart always finds time to visit the day centre (i.e. Hope House at Griffydam) and Support Cafés bringing energy, cheer and happiness to the guests, carers and volunteers at all four sites.”  The nomination went on to explain how, over the years, Stewart has been determined to ensure that vital support is being offered to people of North West Leicestershire.

Some 120 people were there on the night, including dignitaries from both rural Leicestershire councils as well as from Leicestershire County Council. At the Hospice Hope table were Stewart and Jan Shepherd, Trustees Kate and Peter Last, Volunteers Jean Harrison, Vera and Bruce Harding and great excitement erupted when Stewart’s name was read out as the winner.

John Clarke, Chairman of North West Leicestershire District Council, was amongst those attending and said:

"It was a fantastic evening. The good works done by so many volunteers in Leicestershire is remarkable to help communities in the county. There were some stories which truly inspired. None more than the work done by Stewart Shepherd of Hospice Hope. It was truly fitting that he was given the unsung hero award."

Stewart went on to say:

“This award, presented by the Rural Communities Council, is all about Hospice Hope – the trustees, staff, amazing volunteers and above all our guests and their carers. I guess that a name had to be announced and it just happened to be mine.  The good news is that all our work over the years has been recognised and hopefully our profile raised in new areas.  A huge thank you to all of you for being so supportive of this important work!”

Pictured below is Stewart with his wife Jan (left) and Danielle Garrity, who works for Smallman and Son, sponsors of the Unsung Hero category.



















About RCC

RCC is the trading name of the Rural Community Council (Leicestershire & Rutland) and is a registered charity.

The RCC Awards formally recognise the work of community-based organisations and the army of volunteers across rural Leicestershire and Rutland. The aim of the awards is to showcase how local people and organisations are prepared to invest their time, energy, passion and vision into making our rural communities happier, healthier, stronger and more prosperous places to live and work.