Three community heroes have been recognised for their work in inspiring others in Calderdale.
Incredible Edible Todmorden’s Pam Warhurst CBE, Totally Locally’s Chris Sands and Christopher Bailey OBE, Burberry Chief Creative Officer, all received Inspire Awards at Calderdale College’s 2013 Graduation Ceremony.
The three inspirational figures formed the front of the graduation parade with the Deputy Mayor of Calderdale, Coun Lisa Lambert, from Halifax Town Hall to the Victoria Theatre. Following behind were the college’s graduates, VIPs and staff. Leading from the front with music were Halifax Boys’ Brigade Battalion.
Pam said: “The future is in your hands and it gives me great joy to know you have the power to do anything.”
Chris Sands, director and founder of Totally Locally and organiser of the Valley of Lights Festival in the Calder Valley - one of the main rasons he got the award - said: “I feel really honoured and a bit shocked to receive this award. It means such a lot, especially to know work we have done has inspired people. It makes it all worthwhile.”
Christopher Bailey, who lives in Warley and is an admirer of the district’s herritage, said: “As someone lucky enough to have enjoyed the benefits of an amazing education, and to have found a vocation I love, I know first-hand what a huge difference higher education can make to your life. So it is an incredible honour to receive an Inspire Award from Calderdale College, which does such brilliant work to create opportunities through learning in the local community. I have enormous pride in my Calderdale roots and a deep affection for this wonderful corner of the world, which I am glad still to call home.”
The college paid tribute to Chris, Pam and Christopher via its Twitter account. It Tweeted: “Drum roll please! Congratulations to Pam Warhurst @incredibledible - Calderdale College 2013 Inspire Award Winner! Drum roll please! Congratulations to @chrissands100 @totallocalhero - Calderdale College 2013 Inspire Award Winner! Drum roll please! Congratulations to Christopher Bailey @Burberry - Calderdale College 2013 Inspire Award Winner!”