White Rose Celebrates Leeds Community Champions

White Rose Shopping Centre Community Awards

White Rose Shopping Centre has honoured heroes from South Leeds and beyond at its annual Community Awards this week (2nd May), with recipients including charity leaders, landscaping specialists, and campaigning centre visitors.  

The Community Awards celebrate the incredible local people working hard to benefit their local community. 2024 winners include:  

Lyn Morgan, a regular White Rose visitor and busy campaigner, who suggested the introduction of stoma-friendly toilet facilities at the centre and worked with the team to ensure the new spaces are fit for purpose.

Jenny Groves, Founder and CEO of Battlescars Leeds, a group created to support people affected by self harm.

Claire Stansfield of White Rose’s landscaping partner Nurture, part of the team responsible for White Rose’s Gold Britain in Bloom Award and for keeping the centre grounds colourful, bright, and welcoming to both guests and wildlife.

Luke Wilson, who with the support of on-site beekeeper Keith Dobson has maintained White Rose’s 500,000 rooftop bees – even breeding their own colony.

Lubna Latif Curtis and Susan Childs, part of the team responsible for White Rose’s new male sanitary bin facilities. Susan, whose family has sadly been impacted by prostate cancer, alerted the centre team to the Boys Need Bins campaign, while Lubna of Prostate Cancer UK was instrumental in the roll-out.

Harriet Pierce and Michelle Robinson of Leeds City Council, for their work organising Foster Families Christmas Parties each year at White Rose.

Councillor Andrew Scopes, who in addition to his work in the Beeston and Holbeck Ward of South Leeds continues to support local schools, foundations, and charities as an exceptional representative of the community.

KFC Store Manager Zahid Khan, who has been a vital and valued support in the centre’s Eid celebrations, helping the team to create enjoyable events for the local community.

Steven Foster, Centre Director at White Rose, for his tireless leadership of the team and passionate work championing accessibility across the centre and wider Landsec portfolio, ensuring even more guests feel comfortable and welcome.

Centre Director Steven Foster, winner Jenny Groves (middle), and Community Manager Samantha Knight

Each winner receives a jar of White Rose honey created by the centre’s rooftop bees, courtesy of winner Luke Wilson.

Ashleigh Kellett, Deputy Centre Director at White Rose Shopping Centre, said: “It’s an honour to celebrate so many wonderful, hard-working people and shine a light on the excellent work going on locally as part of our Community Awards.

“We’re proud to recognise the effort and care that so many individuals and groups dedicate to improving their community both within White Rose and across Leeds, and we applaud each and every recipient. We look forward to seeing their impact continue to grow.”

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