Following on from his success in raising money for the Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity, 1st Security Solutions Ltd Managing Director Tony Sheppeck and family were delighted to be nominated for this year’s “UK Recognition Day” event in Doncaster.

Held at Mansion House on the evening of Wednesday 20th January, the black tie event consisted of a formal dinner followed by the ceremony itself, with the awards being presented by Doncaster’s deputy civic mayor Mr David Nevitt and deputy chair mayoress Kathleen Nevitt.

UK Recognition Day is an annual event organised by disabled entrepreneur Shane Bratley, a 31 year old father of three who was inspired by the kindness, dedication and generosity of a nurse he met whilst in hospital care. Having been so profoundly moved by the actions of someone who would go above and beyond in order to deliver outstanding care, Mr Bratley created “UK Recognition Day”, in to recognise outstanding achievements on the part of individuals and organisations that may otherwise have gone unnoticed.

Tony was proud to receive the Goodwill Citizen Award in recognition for his coast to coast walk accompanied by son Ryan and family friend Martin Knowles. Starting off at Robin Hoods Bay and finishing at St Bees, the walk raised some £10,500 to be used for further research for the Weston Park Cancer Charity.

Receiving the award, Tony was quick to thank all those who had been involved in his fundraising efforts in the past year, saying: “First of all its nice to be nominated, I don’t work to gain recognition but it’s nice to be nominated. Winning the award was unexpected as I felt there was many worthy candidates. I am incredibly grateful and I would like to thank everybody who nominated me.”

Further awards that evening went to outstanding charitable work done in the Doncaster area in the past. The Goodwill Charity Award was presented to SSAFA The Armed Forces Charity in recognition for their work supporting ex-servicemen and servicewomen as well as their families in the area. Their activities and ongoing work continue to provide a source of comfort for thousands of people in the UK.

The final award of the evening saw the Goodwill Business Award presented to the Doncaster based charity Legacy Church in recognition for their work helping vulnerable children at Doncaster College to pay for amenities such as gas and electric, as well as their ongoing work for the children’s wards at Doncaster Royal Infirmary.

This enjoyable and deeply moving event was attended by some 50 guests and gave everyone present a real insight into some of the outstanding work been carried out every day by some of Doncaster’s unsung heroes.