New Love West Norfolk Champions with Mayor Nick Daubney at Tuesday’s ceremony. Picture: Paul Tibbs

People who are doing great things to make a difference for West Norfolk were honoured this week.

Organisers of the Love West Norfolk campaign asked people to nominate champions and on Tuesday a special ceremony was held at King’s Lynn Town Hall with West Norfolk Mayor Nick Daubney to crown the new champions.

Those honoured have come from all walks of life, some are making an impact through their business, teaching, volunteering and others through support for charities.

As well as public nominations, members of the campaign also chose three champions.

Love West Norfolk Champions

The first Love West Norfolk Champions have been crowned in a special ceremony.

Fifteen awards were presented to individuals and organisations judged to be making an impact on the area.

The champions, nominated by members of the public, were presented with certificates by West Norfolk Mayor Nick Daubney who said: “It has been an absolute pleasure to meet so many people who love West Norfolk and who are demonstrably showing their commitment to the area.

“Our Love West Norfolk Champions are doing great things to make a difference for West Norfolk in so many ways. It is fantastic to be able to celebrate their efforts.”

The Love West Norfolk campaign is run by the West Norfolk Strategy Group to promote and celebrate the area.

Ray Harding, borough council chief executive, said: “We know West Norfolk has so much to offer and, through the Love West Norfolk campaign, we have been celebrating and promoting all the qualities which make West Norfolk such a great place to be. We know too that local people are doing so much for West Norfolk which is why it was important for us to recognise our Love West Norfolk Champions. 

“These are people who are making a difference for the area and the fact that our champions were nominated by members of the public makes this recognition even more special.”

Award winners were: Richard Taylor, community champion at Downham Market Tesco for his support for local charities. Gary Pooley, of business Steele Media, for helping to promote the area in many ways. Andrew Waddison, who runs AW PR and The Norfolk Property Agent for supporting businesses. Rebecca Fisher, also known as The Coastal Mummy, for her work to raise awareness of Down Syndrome.

Rachael Williams, learning and engagement officer for Stories of Lynn, for her work helping to engage and inspire young people through a range of activities. 

Marshland Hall Volunteers, nominated as a “fantastic team” making a difference to  community life. Clare Peak, a volunteer for King’s Lynn Contact Centre and manager of Family Action, for her tireless work and volunteering.

Freebridge Community Housing Tenant Panel, for supporting tenants and Freebridge-related activities. Debbie Fletcher, an evening course teacher at the College of West Anglia who has helped students and has shown compassion and professionalism. Ed Cussons, of the College of West Anglia, for his dedication, professionalism and the impact he has made on sports students.

Dr Paul Richards, who uses his knowledge to enthuse and enlighten visitors and local people about the town’s rich history. 

King’s Lynn Parkrun organisers, who attract hundreds of runners for weekly 5k runs in The Walks. Richard Finney, founder of Lynn-based Captain Fawcett Ltd, manufacturer and supplier of men’s grooming products, was chosen by campaign organisers for his investment in the area.

Alex Goodman, an award-winning electrical apprentice with the Dodd Group and College of West Anglia was chosen by the campaign organisers for his success as an apprentice. Mauricia Tanguy, who works for Carers Elite in Downham Market, was  chosen  by campaign organisers for her support, companionship and care.