Doncaster community heroes scoop rail firm honour

Wendy Barclay
Wendy Barclay

Two unsung heroes from Doncaster were on the right track in a contest organised by a national rail operator.

Wendy Barclay and Gladys Gilderson have both been crowned community champions by Grand Central for their generous contribution to the local community.

Wendy Barclay, a volunteer for Friends of Sandall Park, was nominated by the organisation for her commitment to the initiative, providing continued support and creativity to help make the scheme a success. The judges were particularly impressed by Wendy’s continued dedication and pride in the work she does with Sandall Park and her commitment in going that extra mile to help better the local community.

Gladys Gilderson, a volunteer for M25 Housing & Support Group in Doncaster was nominated by the organisation for her continued commitment to the shelter, providing home cooked meals every Saturday and Sunday morning. The judges were impressed by Gladys’s long term dedication to the organisation, volunteering for over 17 years, as well as her incredibly generous and lively nature helping to support other members of staff and volunteers.

Grand Central’s Heart of the Community Awards recognise those that have made contributions to the communities along the rail provider’s routes. From raising money for good causes or volunteering for a local initiative, the accolade celebrates those that have made a real difference to their local community.

To reward Wendy and Gladys for their contributions, Grand Central Rail will be inviting them to attend an award ceremony in September, where they will celebrate alongside other regional winners and be presented with a pair of return train tickets to London. One overall winner along the West Riding Route will also be selected at the awards ceremony to receive an overnight trip for four to London and a £500 donation from Grand Central to the charity of their choice.

Sean English, General Manager at Grand Central, said: “Grand Central operates at the heart of the community so we wanted to recognise the unsung heroes along our West Riding route. There are so many people that, very often completely under the radar, are making a real difference to people’s lives and our Heart of the Community Awards aim to give them the recognition they deserve. I would like to congratulate Wendy and Gladys for their commitment and passion for their local communities and we look forward to celebrating with all the regional winners at our award ceremony in September.”