Organisers of the Suffolk Community Awards have announced that the 2019 awards will not take place in September this year as originally planned.

The awards, which celebrate and recognise the huge contribution that groups, individuals and town and parish councils make on the overall quality of life in communities across the length and breadth of Suffolk, are a collaboration between Community Action Suffolk, Suffolk Association of Local Councils and the Suffolk County Council led Most Active County Partnership.

Christine Abraham, Chief Executive of Community Action Suffolk, said “The decision was not taken lightly. In these extraordinary times when the whole county has risen to the challenge of the Covid-19 pandemic it really didn’t feel appropriate to be highlighting some individuals, organisations and communities ahead of others. It has been a tremendous team effort by the whole of Suffolk.”

Sally Longmate, Chief Executive Officer for Suffolk Association of Local Councils, added “We also recognise that now is not the time for celebrating. We remain in a difficult situation as we gradually emerge from lockdown and restrictions are slowly eased. The continued time, dedication and commitment that has shone so brightly in such difficult times will continue to be needed for some time to come.”

Cllr James Reeder, cabinet member for public health and prevention at Suffolk County Council said “Although the awards won’t be going ahead this year, we do encourage everyone to show they care and value others by taking the time to thank someone who has shown them kindness, however small, in these unprecedented times. The ‘Suffolk Says Thanks’ website (www.suffolksaysthanks.com) provides some fun, simple ways for every Suffolk resident to say thank you.”

“It is hoped that the awards will be back again next year when, we hope, some normality will have returned.”

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