During the inaugural Bradford District and Craven Health and Care Partnership Awards, a diverse array of individuals and teams received recognition for their involvement in projects that revitalised a Pacer train, as well as those offering support to individuals facing homelessness.

The “Celebrate as One” awards, which took place on Thursday 19th October, commended the efforts spanning the NHS, local authorities, voluntary and community sectors, and independent care sector across Bradford District and Craven.

Over 300 attendees, comprising family, friends, and colleagues of the finalists, gathered at The Aagrah in Bradford to commemorate the occasion.

Haris Ahmed, a proud Bradford native, presided over the awards ceremony, using the opportunity to present his poem dedicated to the partnership: “We celebrate the game changers, stake raisers and risk-takers. We recognise the innovators and trail blazers… From care home teams and the social prescribers, to each and every specialist service provider… You’re a light in these challenging and uncertain times and I couldn’t explain enough in a million rhymes, when we act as one we’re second to none at turning Bradford District and Craven into the safest of havens.”

The comprehensive list of finalists and the 17 winners from 12 distinct categories can be found on the Bradford District and Craven Health and Care Partnership’s website: link.

Mel Pickup, the Place Lead for the Bradford District and Craven Health and Care Partnership, as well as the Chief Executive Officer of Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, expressed her sentiments regarding the event, stating, “The awards were truly magical, congratulations to all the winners. It’s touching to hear what a difference you’ve made to people’s lives, whether you work in research, art and local cultural activities, sustainability, or on the frontline with our patients or in our communities.

“I know it was really hard for our judges to decide on just 17 winners from over 250 nominations; competition was fierce – a testament to the effort of teams and individuals across the district. I’m immensely proud to be a member of a partnership that acts as one across a range of organisations with a common goal of keeping people happy and healthy at home. I hope that everyone has walked away from the awards feeling energised; I certainly have.”