The heroes behind the success of Bath Rugby Foundation and some of the individuals it has helped have been celebrated at its third annual awards.
Among those receiving trophies at the glittering ceremony in The Assembly Rooms last night were James Beattie of Bath Area Play Project, Linda Baker of St Andrews School and Bath and England player Lee Mears.
James collected the Community Award, which celebrates the achievement of the individual who has tirelessly contributed their time to the local community, while Linda won the Teacher of the Year Award and Lee landed the Foundation Player of the Year – however he was on holiday and unable to attend the ceremony.
The Lifetime Achievement Award went to Sue Tucker of the Forever Friends Appeal. The award is presented to an admired and respected individual who has dedicated their time over a number of years to tremendous work within the Bath community.
The Volunteer of the Year Award was won by Evie Longshaw.
Those who have benefited from the Foundation’s work, which spans sport, art, dance and foreign languages, were also celebrated with awards for achievement in sport, achievement in inclusion and achievement in education.
The Sport award was won by Lucy Tout, the Inclusion award by Shannon Parfitt and the Education award by Kai Honan.
The Foundation has worked with more than 100,000 individuals since it was launched nine years ago. It has become one of the forerunners of sporting charities across the country.
Sponsors of last night’s event were Go Live Events, Herman Miller, Farpoint and Minuteman Press.