Award for mum of Cain Westcarr after she set up a youth club in his memory
LESS than a year after she started a youth club in her son's memory, Veronica Lee has walked away with an award for her work.
Gloucester City Homes presented its community honours night at Kingsholm stadium during its annual Celebrating Successful Communities event.
Veronica, whose son Cain Westcarr died in June last year aged 12, received the Community Project Event award for her work with Tredworth youth group Cain's Stars, which she started in November 2012.
"I was totally shocked when I found out I had won," said Veronica, who leads sessions for 10 to 15 year-olds at Parry Hall in Parry Road every week.
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"I got a letter to say I had been nominated, but I wasn't even going to go the award ceremony to be honest. But I did go, and I was half an hour late. By the time I got there they had already announced my award and a member of the audience told me I had won, so I had to go up to the stage and have my photograph taken."
Cain's Stars group offer a number of activities such as potato printing, tie-dye T-shirts and a number of outdoor activities when weather permits.
"We are hoping to take a group to Over Farm's Fright Night event at Halloween too, and lead a ghost walk during the day for youngsters," added Veronica, who is waiting to hear back about a youth leader qualification she has recently been assessed for.
"It's good to keep them all occupied. Some nights we'll have eight turn up, and other times we'll have 18.
"It is really challenging but I really enjoy it."
The awards on Wednesday were presented by Gloucester City Homes chief executive Ashley Green.
Highlights of the event included a ballroom dancing demonstration, battle of the pastas, healthy eating on a budget demonstration and an Xbox Kinect Dance Off for the youngsters.
This preceded the presentation of the community awards, which recognised individuals and projects that had made an outstanding contribution to the community over the year.
Emily Cambridge, head of HR and community investment at Gloucester City Homes, said: "We are delighted to be able to recognise the invaluable contribution these individuals and projects make to our communities through our community awards.
"All of them make a real difference in their local communities by giving their time to help others and make a real difference in our neighbourhoods and tonight we have celebrated those achievements and thanked them for their outstanding achievements."