Little Hallingbury Primary School teacher wins Best of West Awards

PUBLISHED: 11:17 11 October 2016 | UPDATED: 11:17 11 October 2016

Tim Atkinson from Fairycroft House accepts his Individual Volunteer Award

Tim Atkinson from Fairycroft House accepts his Individual Volunteer Award


A teacher from Little Hallingbury Primary School was one of three people from Uttlesford to collect Best of West Awards at a ceremony last week.

George Sydes won Best Health Educator at the awards, which are run by the NHS West Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and followed the commission’s annual general meeting.

Mr Sydes collected the prize at Zinc Arts Centre in Ongar on Thursday, September 29, for his work into changing attitudes towards physical education.

The awards celebrated teachers, volunteers and healthcare professionals for their dedication in keeping west Essex healthy and making a positive impact on their communities.

Best Team or Project went to Paul Goddard and Kelly Rowland from Uttlesford District Council and 1Life for their work in assisting stroke patients through their exercise classes at Lord Butler Leisure Centre in Saffron Walden.

Professional musician Tim Atkinson, who has played with bands such as Motorhead, won Volunteer of the Year Award for his work at the Fairycroft House Arts Centre in Saffron Walden.

Deborah Fielding, accountable officer at NHS West Essex CCG, said: “These awards are an excellent way of showcasing the talent and dedication of people in west Essex.

“Huge congratulations to the winners of the Best of West Awards 2016 and everyone who made the shortlist.

“We received some fantastic nominations and the judging panel had to make some very difficult decisions. The nominations showed how lucky we are to have such inspirational people working and living in west Essex.

“I would like to say thank you on behalf of the CCG and the board.”

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