THE WORK of a local community centre has been recognised with a prestigious award from the High Sheriff of East Riding of Yorkshire.
Withernsea’s Shores Centre and its CEO Jayne Nendick have been praised by the county’s High Sheriff, Andrew Horncastle MBE.
The centre, which is located on the corner of Seaside Road, will receive a certificate to commemorate the award. These honours are granted to individuals and organisations to recognise exceptional efforts within their respective communities.
Shores, also known as the Southern Holderness Resource Centre, has worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic to continue to support its surrounding community. Most recently, its ‘Every Can Counts’ appeal is helping to tackle food poverty in the area. This involves collecting items of food and making up parcels for those who require support. During the first lockdown last year, Shores created what equates to 12,000 meals, supporting over 600 people.
Alongside the main centre, the Shores Community Pantry opened its doors on Queen Street in September last year to offer food, household and baby products at highly discounted prices. This came as a response to an increasing demand for support in the local area, a consequence of the pandemic.
Jayne Nendick, CEO at Shores, commented on the recognition. She said: “When the High Sheriff mentioned the award, I was a bit overwhelmed, overjoyed and very humbled that we’d been recognised.
“That recognition highlights the efforts of our amazing team of staff and volunteers who have contributed to the work we have done and continue to do. “Figures like Andrew shining a light on the team here is lovely and we are so grateful.
“I want to give a shout-out to all other organisations and individuals who have been doing amazing and heroic things, especially over the last year. People have really stepped up to the mark.”
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Jayne described how the High Sheriff award certificate will likely take pride of place alongside royalty: “It will probably be placed within the centre, maybe to the side of the photo of the royals, Charles and Camilla, which was taken following their visit in 2013.”
Andrew Horncastle MBE, the High Sheriff of the East Riding of Yorkshire, outlined the purpose of the awards and discussed the decision to recognise Withernsea’s Shores Centre. He said: “The purpose of these awards is to recognise the work of individuals, groups and charities who go above and beyond.”
Last Christmas, Andrew visited Shores and donated festive items to the centre. The High Sheriff continued: “I had the pleasure of visiting the Shores centre in Withernsea, meeting Jayne Nendick and a number of the members of her fantastic team. They were all working very hard at the time, putting together Christmas hampers made up of items including necessary food, but also Christmas toys and gifts. Seeing the work they were doing for the people of Withernsea and South Holderness was most humbling.”
The High Sheriff also praised the Shores CEO: “Jayne is a leader who is passionate about her local community and helping people, her list of the initiatives she is involved with is a long one. I wanted to recognise this work going on quietly under the radar, giving support to the young, the elderly, those suffering due to the current pandemic, and those who have served our country facing challenges in their lives. What a lady. I shall be coming over to present Jayne with her certificate as soon as circumstances permit.
“There are many challenges facing our local communities, the work of small groups and charities forms a vital service to people, in some cases a lifeline.”