Councillor Sue Saddington and Richard MacRae

Richard McRae from Stapleford has been awarded the Community Hero Award from Nottinghamshire County Council. Richard has been collecting surplus food from local supermarkets and distributing it to the public.

Chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council, Sue Saddington, handed Richard the award. This is the first one she’s given since taking office in May.

“I am delighted to receive this award” – Richard MacRae , award winner 

Richard reacts to his win

Richard, from Ilkeston Road, Stapleford said; ” I am delighted to receive this award. There are a lot of volunteers who do great things to help their local communities and I feel that this award is for everyone who helps others”.

Richard MacRae , Independent Councillor

Alongside Richard’s work providing food to the local residents, he is also very active in helping reduce anti-social behaviour in the town and is currently in the process of organising his 14th job fair.

Richard has also teaches CPR across the East Midlands and has helped have community defibrillators installed in Stapleford.

Chairman of the County Council Sue Saddington said; “It’s amazing how many volunteers that we have for awards such as these. Everybody that does any volunteering work is greatly appreciated”.

Chairman Councillor Sue Saddington

Richard was initially nominated for the award by Stapleford Community Group Secretary Donna MacRae. She said: Richard has been doing work like this for several years. He has helped hundreds of people along the way, it feels right that he has been recognised in this way. He will and does work with anyone to help Stapleford a better place”.


Nottinghamshire County Council is still looking for community heroes. Some ideas for potential nominees are individuals who do the following ;

  • Help vulnerable people with their shopping or providing a lift to medical appointments
  • Supporting young people in their community
  • Leading a local community project which has made a difference to peoples lives.

To find out more about how to nominate a volunteer in Nottinghamshire please visit the Nottinghamshire County Council website.