We were deeply saddened to learn of the tragic death of David Woodhouse earlier this year. David was husband to Deborah (a founding member and long-serving trustee of the Forum), and father to Olivia and George. He regularly volunteered at our family fun days.
David worked for Henry Boot Construction for many years and put his considerable skills and experience into charity work across the city. He worked on many construction community projects (including Ryegate and Work Limited), was responsible for the logistics of siting the Herd of Sheffield elephants in 2016 (which raised funds for a lifesaving scanner at the Children’s Hospital) and was himself a keen fundraiser for many charities and organisations. David was a builder, not only of physical buildings, but also of relationships and communities. Many people will have been surprised at the breadth of David’s charity work. He worked tirelessly, without actively seeking recognition or reward, to ensure that the outcomes and life chances of vulnerable children and young adults could be transformed.
We were extremely touched and honoured to be named as one of the recipients of donations made by family, friends and colleagues in David’s memory. We thought it would be a fitting tribute to David to create an annual award in his memory which will honour an unsung community hero in Sheffield.
Nominations for the award are now open and we are asking members to nominate individuals who best demonstrate those qualities and characteristics that David exhibited.
Nominations should be for an individual (rather than an organisation) who:
- works/volunteers in Sheffield;
- is engaged in work or volunteering activities which relate directly to supporting and benefitting parent carers in the city and their families;
- has a proven track record of outstanding activity.
The successful nominee will receive a trophy, a cheque for £250 and vouchers for a spa experience and a meal.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details and a nomination form. Nominations close at mid-day on Friday 15 November 2019. The successful nominee will be announced on Friday 13 December 2019.