Community groups and dedicated students presented with community prizes

The University’s annual Community Presentation Evening, held at Loughborough Town Hall last week, saw community groups and dedicated students were presented with community prizes.

The Mayor of Charnwood, Councillor Pauline Ranson, was also present for the awards, which were bestowed by the University’s Chief Operating Officer Richard Taylor and Chair of the Community Donations Fund Committee, Jon Walker.

The student winners of the Community University Prizes were each presented with a cheque and certificate, and successful applicants to the University’s Spring Open Fund received their donations.

Sam Vesty, the recipient of the Hannah Community Prize, was commended for her dedicated involvement in Girlguiding, as well as her hard work in organising one of LSU’s Action Projects in supporting local care homes.

The TS Shipman prize was awarded to Leila Wilmers, Peny Sotiropoulou and Cuomu Zhax, for their work with the community in organising the 2017 ESRC Festival of Social Science, which took place in Loughborough for the first time in November last year.

Nine Charnwood community organisations each received a cheque to fund their respective projects, having been successful in the spring round of the University’s Open Fund. They included:

John Storer Charnwood

Funding the development of a well-being lounge, to benefit the residents of John Storer

Little Fingers Pre-School

Funding new learning materials, helping the pre-school achieve revised learning goals

The Baldwin Trust

Funding a defibrillator for one of the Trust’s three boats, meaning each boat is now fitted with a potentially life-saving defibrillator

Poplar Junior Running Club

Funding a coaching qualification, to ensure young members are receiving quality coaching

Charnwood Citizens Advice Bureau

Funding a new shredder, to ensure confidentiality of the important work carried out by CAB


Funding new sound equipment, including new microphones for performances

Shepshed Dolphins Swimming Club

Funding new buoyancy aids for the swimming classes provided to people of all ages

Emmanuel Pre-School Group

 Funding materials for the Sensory Garden Project and replacing their garden shed and its contents, which was broken into last year

 X-treme Xplorer Scouts

 Funding new tents for the Scout group to continue their adventures


The annual Community Donations Fund programme, which has been operating since 2009, supports groups around Charnwood by awarding donations of up to £750 and has now donated to over 300 Charnwood organisations.

Stakeholder Relations Manager at the University, Alison Barlow, said: “We’re delighted to be supporting some fantastic organisations with their projects for another year.

“Many of these groups do amazing work for the community but often face financial difficulties which makes it hard for them to run the projects or activities they’d like to. We’re happy we can lend them a hand and act as a support system.”

“We would like to thank everyone who took the time out to submit a bid to our Community Donations Programme and look forward to supporting more groups later this year.”

To find out more about the Community Donations Fund, see our website or contact Jessica Metson on