Collinson teams up with Active Lancashire to recognise Lancashire’s unsung heroes

Collinson teams up with Active Lancashire to recognise Lancashire’s unsung heroes

Collinson Construction has thrown its weight behind community sport by joining forces with not-for-profit organisation Active Lancashire to host the #ALittlebitmoreathome Recognition Awards.

Collinson has pledged its support as headline sponsor of the digital initiative, which pays tribute to the unsung heroes who selflessly stepped up to support the physical and mental wellbeing of others during lockdown.

Built around Active Lancashire’s digital response to COVID-19, the awards – delivered solely online over the space of the week commencing August 17 – features five categories that represent its five ways to wellbeing. These are to be physically active, connect with others, give to others, learn new skills and take notice.

This is not the first time Active Lancashire and Collinson have collaborated on community-based celebrations, with the construction specialist also previously backing the Lancashire Sports Awards in 2019.

Rob Duxbury, managing director at Collinson Construction, said: “Operating as construction experts in the sports sector, we see first-hand just how important it is to stay physically and mentally well. We believe strongly in supporting our local communities by giving something back, so we’re proud to be able to extend a hand and support Active Lancashire for another year running.

“This campaign has really highlighted the inspirational work which has been ongoing in our local communities, and the commitment shown by so many in ensuring people stayed active, connected and well during lockdown.

“We hope these awards go some way in recognising this, as well as supporting local communities and clubs.”

Adrian Leather, chief executive at Active Lancashire, added: “We’re incredibly thankful to Collinson Construction and are thrilled to have collaborated with the firm to help recognise inspirational Lancashire residents.

“It’s important for us to connect with like-minded partners, and it’s clear Collinson shares our passion for supporting communities and believes in the impact of sport and physical activity on physical and mental wellbeing. We have developed a great synergy and look forward to working with the firm for years to come.”

With current conditions having left clubs, coaches and volunteers with reduced financial income and resources to deliver activities across the community, those commended through the campaign have been recognised for their inspiring acts with rewards specific to individual circumstances. These include:

  • Lytham Tae kwon-do: trophies for club members to use for its own awards
  • Penwortham Boxing Club: Boxing gloves for the club
  • One Voice, Blackburn: Digital equipment for club members to use
  • Creative Football’s Blokes United project: Football kit for volunteers
  • Preston United Youth Development Programme: Contribution towards a new minibus for the club