The High Sheriff of Suffolk Edward Creasy is pleased to announce this year’s shortlist!

We were thrilled this year to receive over 130 nominations for the High Sheriff’s Awards 2022. From every corner of the county, and all walks of life – it really is inspiring to see the breadth of amazing and essential work that goes on in Suffolk and those who work hard to deliver it.

In partnership with Suffolk Community Foundation, Ashtons Legal, Birketts, Suffolk Building Society East Anglian Daily Times, East of England Co-operative and BBC Radio Suffolk, the High Sheriff of Suffolk invited volunteers, charities and community groups from every corner of the county to nominate worthy recipients of the following awards: Volunteer Of The Year Award – Under 30, Volunteer Of The Year Award –  Over 30, Group Of The Year Award, Suffolk’s Caring Community Award, Supporting The Isolated Award and The High Sheriff Annual Award. 

Once again we are taking to the airwaves of BBC Radio Suffolk to broadcast the High Sheriff’s Awards and celebrate both individuals and groups that make up our fantastic voluntary sector. The awards will be announced by High Sheriff of Suffolk Edward Creasy on BBC Radio Suffolk,  from 8:45am on 16 March. The awards show will be hosted by BBC presenters Lesley Dolphin and Mark Murphy and Tim Holder from the Suffolk Community Foundation. 

In advance of the awards show on March 16th, we would like to let all of Suffolk know how wonderful the nominees are – so please do get involved on social using the hashtag #HighSheriffsAwards2022!

Finally, a massive THANK YOU to those who took the time to nominate for this year’s awards. We invite you all to join us in congratulating this year’s shortlist!

We have received an exceptional response this year with over 130 nominations for the panel to consider. We would like to thank all those who took the time to submit nominations which we found to be truly exceptional and inspiring. I would also like to thank the awards grant panel members for their great help with the very tough job of creating a shortlist and selecting an incredible crop of very deserving winners.

Edward Creasy

High Sheriff of Suffolk

Year after year the awards go from strength to strength, and whilst we had to make the very difficult decision in January not to hold an awards ceremony in person again this year, we are incredibly grateful to the team at BBC Radio Suffolk for offering us the opportunity to invite a much bigger audience of their listeners to join us for this important celebration. There has certainly never been a more important time to tell the stories of all those shortlisted and find many more new supporters for their work.

Tim Holder

Head of Public Affairs, Suffolk Community Foundation

Volunteer of the Year Award (Under 30)

Laura Ayling – Felixstowe Coastguard & East of England Ambulance Service

Jordan Dunbar – New Skill Centre & Inspiring Aspirations

Jez Perry – Volunteer Police Cadet at Suffolk Constabulary



Volunteer of the Year Award (Over 30)

Michelle Frost – Jam Pot Community

Lesley Ford-Platt – Hive, River Stour Trust, Rotary, School Governor, Sudbury Market Town Partnership

Andrew Cassy – Quiet Lanes Suffolk & Parkinson’s Table Tennis UK

Suffolk’s Caring Community Award

Future Female Society


IP17 Good Neighbour Scheme

Supporting the Isolated Award

Go Start Community Transport

Suffolk Libraries



Group of the Year Award

Kernos Centre

Storehouse Foodbank

St Elizabeth Hospice


High Sheriff Annual Award

BME Suffolk Support Group


Inspire Suffolk

The Benjamin Foundation

Newmarket Pony Academy