We're the Pride of Essex!

Brightlingsea WinterFest's volunteer team have been given well-deserved recognition at this year's Pride of Essex Awards.
The group of volunteers who make WinterFest happen in Brightlingsea each February were highly commended in the Teams of Pride category at the prestigious awards ceremony held at Anglia Ruskin University in Chelmsford.
Brightlingsea WinterFest's co-founders, Alix Sheppard and Dave Griffiths were at the awards ceremony to represent the volunteer team who give their time and talents to make the annual festival such a success.
Tony Fisher from BBC Essex, one of the presenters at the awards said: "Brightlingsea WinterFest makes the whole town come alive with a huge range of activities including music, arts and crafts, comedy, film, and spoken word. The festival was started five years ago to help community spirit flourish and to dispel winter gloom. It has since then gone from strength to strength. Funds raised are shared between the mental health charity MIND and a new WinterFest Wellbeing Fund which gives grants to people in the town to help them take part in activities that will improve their mental and physical health. WinterFest is run entirely by volunteers and to date almost £25,000 has been raised for the great causes.”
Health campaigner Susie Cornell  MBE, who established the awards 26 years ago said : “The recognition WinterFest  has been given is very well deserved.
We had almost 100 entries for the awards this year, so to be highly commended is a great achievement.” The main sponsor for the awards is Directa UK Ltd.
WinterFest volunteers are pictured celebrating the award.

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