Leicestershire First

Promoting leadership, excellence and citizenship in the community of Leicestershire.

Community Builder Award

Community Builder Award 2008/2009

A grandmother frustrated by the lack of things for her granddaughters to do who set up a performing arts group for children won the £3,000 Community Builder Award from Leicestershire First.  Ruth Wragg’s idea has blossomed into a major force for good in Braunstone, Leicester, growing from a handful of children taking part to more than 100 members now, aged from five to 18.  Ruth, 59, of Gooding Close in Braunstone, set up K.TEY (Kids To Entertain You) to give local youngsters something positive to do after school. It has been a massive success, with more than 450 children taking part across the eight years it has existed to date. They have performed many times locally and on a West End stage in London.  The Award comes with a £3,000 prize to donate to a Leicestershire charity; Ruth has chosen Coping with Cancer in Leicestershire and Rutland. Ruth was diagnosed with cancer in 2007 but has made a full recovery. She missed only one week of volunteering at the group, and said: “This group got me through; I didn’t truly realise what this place meant to me before.”

Highly Commended: Rhonda Dean and Cheika Kennedy 

 The Beacon Fellowship Community Channel Leicestershire County Council