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Neath Port Talbot Honours Community Heroes: Mayor’s Citizen Awards 2024

Thursday 2nd May 2024

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The Mayor of Neath Port Talbot Citizen Awards 2024 honoured outstanding individuals and community groups for their remarkable contributions to the region. Held on 24th April at The Orangery, Margam Country Park, the event was a resounding success, drawing heartfelt support from local businesses and esteemed guests. Hosted by Sean Holley, the evening was a poignant tribute to the spirit of giving back.

Mayor Chris Williams extends heartfelt gratitude to title sponsors Trade Centre Wales and Tata Steel UK, alongside all award category sponsors, whose unwavering support ensured the event’s success. Trade Centre Wales, serving as co-sponsors, notably sponsored the Child of Courage Award this year, further exemplifying their commitment to recognising and uplifting exceptional individuals within the community. The generosity of attendees further bolstered fundraising efforts for the Mayor’s nominated charities, Tŷ Olwen Hospice and Harry’s Fund.

The event showcased remarkable talent, including a stirring performance by the Valley Rock Voices choir under the direction of Cerys Llewellyn-Bevan, who herself was honoured with the Performing Arts Award. The evening celebrated outstanding achievements across various categories, highlighting the profound impact of community involvement and dedication.

“I am immensely proud of our continued involvement in the Mayor’s Citizen Awards. Supporting initiatives that recognise the unsung heroes within our community is not just a privilege but a responsibility. It’s a testament to our values of compassion and community engagement. We believe in uplifting those who inspire us with their courage and dedication, and the Mayor’s Citizen Awards provide a wonderful platform to honour their contributions. Congratulations to all the award winners and heartfelt congratulations to those who have helped make this night a success. We look forward to continuing our support for many years to come”

Mark Bailey, Founder and owner of Trade Centre Wales.

Mayoress Debbie Rees & Mayor Chris Williams with some of the Trade Centre Wales Staff

And here are the award winners:

Environment and Heritage Award – with Zoar’s Ark: Terry Griffiths

Contribution to Charity Award – with Celtic Leisure: Cian Evans

Outstanding Bravery Award – with Runtech: Bethan Davies

Supporting Education Award – with Swansea Uni: Nicola Thomas

Child of Courage Award – with Trade Centre Wales: Ellie May Jeffreys

Good Neighbour Award – with Associated British Ports: Luke Lavercombe

Sport Star of the Year – with Pump Supplies: Sara Davies

Health & Wellbeing Award – with Centregreat: Helen Davies

Community Champion – with Aberafan Shopping: Taibach Community Group

Volunteer of the Year – with Tata Steel UK: David Jones

Performing Arts Award – with Buffoon Media: Cerys Llewellyn-Bevan

Mayor’s Special Recognition Awards were awarded to Kathleen ‘Kay’ Clement, Archie Thomas, Gwenfron Picken and Kath Morris. These four very special people from Port Talbot made remarkable contributions to our country during the darkest days of World War Two. And, all four recently celebrated their 100th birthdays!

Child of Courage Award with Trade Centre Wales.  

Winner: Ellie May

There are children among us that face hardships right from the start of their young lives. Ellie May in now 6 years old and has been through a lot. Since the age of 3 she has had operations on her tongue and ongoing speech therapy. Instead of getting frustrated she’s taken everything in her stride and is a bright little girl with a bright future.

Let’s continue to stand together in support of remarkable individuals who face challenges with courage and resilience. Together, we can make a meaningful difference in their lives and build a brighter future for our community.