Sibbertoft man is volunteer champion

Mark Bickerstaff, second from left, with Derek Hartshorne, Lesley Hartshorne, Miles Lloyd and Derek Hetherton with the pirate ship play equipment in Sibbertoft
Mark Bickerstaff, second from left, with Derek Hartshorne, Lesley Hartshorne, Miles Lloyd and Derek Hetherton with the pirate ship play equipment in Sibbertoft

A dedicated community volunteer from a Harborough area village has been named as Volunteer of the Year.

Mark Bickerstaff was awarded the title at the Star Awards event for unsung community heroes, organised by Daventry and District Housing at Daventry Court Hotel just before Christmas.

The award was in recognition of Mr Bickerstaff’s role in upgrading Sibbertoft’s recreation ground with a pirate play ship, which he designed.

Mr Bickertsaff is an artist and commercial-product graphic designer who runs his own design studio and workshop in the village.

He is also a lecturer at QE College in Leicester.

He led the project since its inception in 2012 and worked on its construction, organised materials, supervised volunteers and ensured the whole project was a success.

The pirate ship was also nominated for the Environmental Project of the Year at the third annual awards and scooped second place on the night.

The awards night was attended by 100 guests including Daventry MP Chris Heaton-Harris.

Sibbertoft Parish Council chairman Chris Dickinson, said: “Mark’s award was thoroughly well deserved for the effort and time he freely committed to the project.

“We offer our thanks and congratulations to all those who volunteered and helped in any capacity with this major village project, but particularly to Mark.

“Without his support and direction the project would not have got off the drawing board.”