Bassetlaw celebrates its achievers

by | 4 April 2023 | Notice, Retford

A series of awards have been given to Bassetlaw residents to recognise the positive contributions they have made within the district.

The Achievers’ Awards were presented by the Chairman of Bassetlaw District Council to recognise a variety of accomplishments, ranging from fundraising efforts, helping others in the community, reaching personal goals and triumphs within sport.

One winner, Richard McHugh, received the award for setting up the group ‘In Sam’s Name’ which raises awareness of mental health and supports people through walk and talk groups following the tragic death of Sam “Sponge” Fisher, a family friend of Richard’s who tragically died following a battle with mental ill health.

Another winner, Rafe West, took the challenge of cycling up Alpe d’Huez in France with the hope of raising £367 for Cancer Research – £100 for every 1,000ft he climbed. Not only did Rafe complete the task, he raised an amazing £1,350 at just 15 years old!

A third winner, seven year old Amelia Stringer, received her award for her fundraising efforts to support ‘Maggie’s’, a charity that provides free cancer support to local families.

Those who received an Achievers’ Award were nominated by District Councillors, schools, community groups, Parish Councils and members of the public. Find a full list of winners at