A MORETON-in-Marsh carer has been named Cotswold's Carer of the Year at the first Cotswold Champions Community Awards.

Bridget Salvage is part of Cotswold Friends, a local charity providing friendship, support and transport to older and vulnerable people in the north Cotswold community.

The carer of the year award is for a person who cares for a relative, friend or neighbour and is sponsored by Badham Pharmacy.

Public-spirited local residents were honoured at Cotswold District Council’s first ever Cotswold Champions Community Awards ceremony and celebration dinner which took place at the Royal Agricultural University on Friday, November 9.

CDC Chairman Cllr Julian Beale had asked people to nominate residents and teams in the District to be chosen as Cotswold Champions.

Cllr Beale said, “Congratulations to the winners and runners up in each category – and many thanks to everyone who took part in the competition. I would like to thank also the sponsors for their generosity and overall support, the Gloucestershire Rural Community Council for judging, and Council offices for creating a successful event. The number and quality of nominees proves that the Cotswolds breeds champions.

Professor Joanna Price, Vice-Chancellor of the Royal Agricultural University (RAU) said,

“It was an honour for the RAU to host these inspirational awards, celebrating Cotswolds residents who discreetly invest their time and energy in the community.

“We are very proud to have sponsored the Young Volunteer award which epitomises our belief that young people who give back to society and who put others before themselves are best equipped to become future leaders and good citizens.”