A group of people united by their shared love of a Chester neighbourhood have earned themselves a Trinity Mirror Your Champions nomination.
Notting Hoole was formed last year by several volunteers whose mission is to put Hoole on the map.
In its short life span, it has already helped organise Hoole’s hugely popular Christmas lights switch-on, raised £3,000 through a BBQ last summer and more than £4,000 at the latest BBQ.
Funds raised have gone towards Hoole Community Centre’s running costs and the lights switch-on.
It’s also thanks to this dynamic group that Hoole Community Centre has received lottery funding, free WiFi and has just been named Charity of the Year by Sainsbury’s Local on Faulkner Street.
Members include Darren Lea, Nala Rollo, Sam Jackson, Linda Hobbs, Sue Mason, Kingdom Thenga, Paula Norris and Mark Williams.
Chairwoman Sue said: “It’s a whole team effort. We couldn’t do it without everyone, the residents too, so the nomination is for everyone in Hoole.
“Everyone is so friendly here.
“All the shops have their doors open too which is lovely because sometimes independent shops can be intimidating.
“It is just such a close-knit community.
“It is buzzing now with the new shops.
“The nomination means so much.
“We are not a charity, but people are recognising that we are doing something good.”
Now Notting Hoole has turned its attention towards Britain’s Greatest High Street Awards, in which it is bidding to win the Local Centre category.
Judges are looking for high streets which have shown innovation, collaboration and development and with its vibrant and distinctive qualities which include award-winning shops and local businesses, and the Notting Hoole team say they’re confident of success.
Sonja Lloyd is behind the nomination. She said: “I’d like to nominate Notting Hoole as a team for arranging brilliant money-raising events for the local community to benefit Hoole on a voluntary basis and for now working with local businesses for the application for Britain’s Greatest High Street Awards.”