SLIDESHOW: Derbyshire celebrates its brightest and best at glittering Proact ceremony

Derbyshire’s unsung heroes took centre stage at the inaugural Derbyshire Times Community awards which took place at a glittering award ceremony on Wednesday evening.

The night was filled with inspiring stories and more than a few tear-filled moments as those present heard tales of courage, hard work and dedication that would make anywhere proud.

Jacie Haggith is presented with the winners award for the Fundraiser of the Year at the Derbyshire Times Community Awards. Picture: Andrew Roe

Jacie Haggith is presented with the winners award for the Fundraiser of the Year at the Derbyshire Times Community Awards. Picture: Andrew Roe

On the evening, which took place at Chesterfield FC’s Proact Stadium, 13 awards were presented covering education, fundraising, bravery, sport and community, among others.

Peter Dewhurst of associate sponsors, the University of Derby, said: “It is an absolute delight and honour to be called upon to support the Derbyshire Times Community Awards and celebrate so many wonderful achievements within the Chesterfield community.

“I go to a lot of these type of events and this is my favourite by a long way - you are extraordinary people and it is an extraordinary event in an extraordinary town.”

For more on the ceremony including pictures of all the award winners, see next week’s Derbyshire Times.