Recognising the local community

This year’s Community Recognition Awards welcomed representatives from over twenty local community groups to Prescot Town Hall to receive awards or donations and help celebrate the richly philanthropic nature of Prescot’s Community. 

Those in attendance enjoyed a buffet prepared by the town councillors along with some fun and games to get the evening going.  

The Mayor of Prescot Cllr Pat Cook had the privilege of making the awards which included the Citizen of the Year and Community Group of the Year, these were presented to Karl and Clare Duvall (Red Box Project Knowsley) and Friends of Eaton Street Park respectively.

The Red Box project has had an undoubted benefit on a huge amount of individuals in the Town, by ensuring no more school days were lost as a result of what is now known as ‘period poverty’. 

The loss of education to such a problem is simply unacceptable and it is the actions of people like Karl and Clare across the country that have prompted central Government to act nationally to address this issue. 

Karl and Clare’s actions in setting up the Red Box Project in Prescot and later the whole of Knowsley is a genuine inspiration and demonstrates what can be achieved.
Representatives of Friends of Eaton Street Park where also on hand to receive their Community Group of the Year Award. 

The Friends have been operating for just over eight years and in that time have made a considerable contribution to the town. 

Eaton Street was the first greenspace in Prescot to be recognised with the Green Flag Award. 

Since then the park has continued to benefit from the considerable actions of the Friends, attracting considerable external funding to the park that has seen the development of rose gardens, entrance gates, pavilion and seating around the park which was funded by their own activities. The group have also developed its own events program which runs throughout the year.  

The outgoing Mayor and Mayoress of Prescot Dave and Jackie Rigby were also in attendance at the awards to present a number of local organisations and groups with donations from the Mayor’s Charity.

Those receiving donations included the Intensive Care Unit and Ward 2A at Whiston Hospital who both received £1,000 each, Prescot Festival £360, Prescot Historic Society £275 and Friends of KGV Brown’s Field and Carr Lane Woods £280.

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