Local heroes receive Mayor’s awards

Five local heroes have received Mayor’s Commendation awards, including a teenager who performed life-saving first aid, a man who thwarted a handbag snatcher and three environmental champions.

Melanie Shooter, who had received first aid training as part of her Army Cadet activities, was nominated for this award by Helen Sisson, Mansfield District Council’s Marketing and Communications Manager, after the teenager rushed to the aid of a man who collapsed in the town centre after his heart stopped.

She performed CPR until an ambulance crew arrived and then looked after the man’s distraught wife and daughter.

The Mayor told her: “I am so proud of your quick actions that day; you did a very brave thing in acting so quickly on the training you have received.”

Another have-a-go hero, Soficul Choudhury, was nominated for his award by the police after he gave chase on foot when a woman had her handbag snatched by a thief on a bicycle outside Wynndale Primary School in Mansfield.

The robber escaped empty-handed, though, after Soficul’s persistent pursuit and shouting led to him dropping the bag which was later returned by Soficul to its extremely grateful owner.

The Mayor told him: “You saw the crime and you acted on your instinct which was extremely brave of you. Thank you for everything you did that day.”

Community litter-pickers Paul and Brenda Holt were nominated for their exceptional work since retiring in keeping their community clean.

The Mayor said: “They both regularly patrol the local nature walks in all weathers to make sure they are clear for others to enjoy.”

Another environmental champion, Colin Etches, of Maun Conservation Group, was nominated by  Cllr Kevin Brown for his tireless work to highlight the health and well-being benefits of green spaces, visiting schools and children’s organisations to encourage youngsters to learn about the great outdoors.

The Mayor told him: “Colin, your many hours of volunteering are very much appreciated and I wanted to give you this award as a thank-you for all you have done.”


The Mayor’s Commendations are awarded to a person or a community group which goes the extra mile for Mansfield. Anyone can make a  nomination.

Email:, giving reasons why the nominee should be commended.

Successful nominees will be invited to attend a Full Council meeting to receive their certificate.

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