College is shortlisted for two awards

Published: July 10, 2020

Telford College has been shortlisted for two awards in a competition celebrating the incredible support shown by Shropshire to help people through the Covid-19 pandemic.

Shropshire Chamber of Commerce will be live streaming its 2020 Chamber Champion Awards on the evening of Friday July 17, when the winners will be announced.

The event – the first of its kind in the county – has been created to salute and celebrate the Shropshire spirit during these challenging times, while also raising funds for local charities.

Telford College | College minibuses loaned to Wrekin Housing Group

Telford College | College minibuses loaned to Wrekin Housing GroupThe college is one of four finalists in the Service To The Community category, for organisations which have provided important Covid-19 support to those most in need.

Since lockdown began in March, it has loaned minibuses to The Wrekin Housing Group to help them deliver support services, donated items to the Princess Royal Hospital, and launched new distance learning courses in healthcare infection control. Staff have also taken part in a ‘sew for the NHS’ campaign, and the college has donated laptops for home-based students most in need.

Elaine Colley, Telford College health and social care tutor who returned to the NHS front line

Telford College | Elaine Colley

Telford College | Elaine Colley

after 13 years to help out during lockdown, has also been named on the Valiant Volunteer shortlist, recognising those putting others before themselves.

Entries have been shortlisted and judged by a panel selected by the organisers. All finalists will receive a certificate, with trophies for category winners. The awards begin at 7pm on July 17 – full details can be found at chamberchampion.co.uk/book-your-seat/

Graham Guest, Telford College principal and chief executive, said: “It has been humbling and hugely gratifying to see so many of our colleagues, as well as our students and graduates, stepping forward to make such brave and selfless contributions during these times. We are very proud of them all.”

Richard Sheehan, Shropshire Chamber’s chief executive, said: “It is disappointing that our original plans for a giant summer celebration to mark the 20th anniversary of our annual awards had to be postponed.

“But having seen and heard of all the amazing work going on among our business community to support those most in need during the Covid-19 crisis, we felt it deserved recognition.

“These challenging times have certainly bought about so many amazing stories of how organisations and individuals have got involved and made a real difference, and who deserve the recognition of the entire business community.”