Broadland Community at Heart Awards celebrate outstanding achievements across the district

Broadland Community at Heart Awards 2016 at The Space. Winners. Picture: Angela Sharpe Photography

Broadland Community at Heart Awards 2016 at The Space. Winners. Picture: Angela Sharpe Photography - Credit: Angela Sharpe Photography

From tireless volunteers to those who have overcome adversity - this year's Community at Heart Awards celebrated the very best of Broadland.

Broadland Community at Heart Awards 2016 at The Space. Young person of the year award. Picture: Ange

Broadland Community at Heart Awards 2016 at The Space. Young person of the year award. Picture: Angela Sharpe Photography - Credit: Angela Sharpe Photography

The prestigious awards ceremony, run by Broadland District Council, recognised the achievements of 11 worthy winners across a variety of categories.

More than 120 people gathered at The Space in Sprowston on Wednesday evening to hear the tales of courage and destination from those shortlisted.

Addressing the finalists, John Ward, council chairman, said: 'I hope you all feel proud of your achievements this evening. Whether you have been nominated for helping less fortunate members of your neighbourhood, for excelling in sport or for improving the environment for us all to enjoy, your actions will inspire those around you and have contributed to making our area what it is.'

Guests were treated to a dinner, and entertainment was provided by the Broadland Youth Choir prior to the awards being handed out.

Winners were presented with a trophy and £100 in shopping vouchers, while highly commended nominees received a certificate.

A special category was also created this year to recognise the achievements of wheelchair tennis star Alfie Hewett, from Cantley.

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He won the Outstanding Achievement of the Year Award, which was picked up by his grandparents Ann and David Hooper on his behalf.

Speaking ahead of the ceremony, he said: 'I am so thankful for the support which I have received from my family and all of Norfolk and it is an honour to have my success recognised with a Broadland Community at Heart Award.

'Thank you to the judges and everyone who has supported me, it really does mean such a lot.'

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