Schemes pick up awards

COMMUNITY projects in Sudbury and Great Cornard have been celebrating after being recognised at a prestigious awards ceremony.

The schemes, which have together helped thousands of people to lead a healthier lifestyle, picked up community awards during a special event hosted by Healthy Ambitions Suffolk at Ipswich’s Trinity Park last week.

Sudbury’s Suffolk Befriending Scheme picked up a silver award after delivering a series of healthy eating and lifestyle workshops to people with learning difficulties across the county.

An initiative to encourage around 375 young people who use the Eden’s Project youth centre in Gainsborough Street, Sudbury, to get their five-a-day and take more exercise was handed a bronze award.

The scheme, which has seen a smoothie bar and Wii Fit installed at the centre, aims to get more young people leading healthy lifestyles.

Dr Peter Funnell, chairman of the Healthy Ambitions Suffolk board, said: “We were absolutely delighted to be able to recognise the impact which these fantastic projects have had on the health of so many people across Suffolk.

“I would like to congratulate all those people involved in these inspirational schemes for their tremendous efforts.”

Great Cornard Parish Council picked up a gold award for its work to promote activity among villagers by installing an extensive open air gym, which is free to all adults.