Contribution to the Community Winner
Contribution to the Community Award sponsored by Cheltenham Borough Homes
A group that has made a significant difference to the local area.
The winner of the Contribution to the Community Award is Ron Etheridge
Ron Etheridge was a player with pace and counter-attacking flair who played 187 games for Gloucester both at fullback and later in his career on the wing, scoring 40 tries. He played 9 times for Gloucestershire and was a Scottish trialist.
He joined the Gloucester club in 1969, Ron made his final appearance for Gloucester against Exeter in the last game of the 1979-80 season. In a career that went from teenage prodigy to unsung hero, he always gave a 100% performance.
Off the pitch, Ron had a long career with the police force, and then later working in a school with children with challenging behaviour. Since retiring, Ron has worked with the Gloucester Rugby Community Charity and for the last 5 years supported our education department, and often volunteering his time on match days.
Ron drives the bus to pick the children up from school and bring them to Kingsholm as well as supporting them during their time with us. A large proportion of the children we work with are from disadvantaged backgrounds and are at risk of disengaging from school. Ron plays a vital role in ensuring that the children have a positive experience learning. Ron's enthusiasm for helping and supporting his local community shines through and we could not do it without him.
Nominator: Helen Chu and the rest of Gloucester Rugby Club.
Our runner-up is Michael Ratcliffe
Michael deserves this nomination because he has dedicated his life to making Cheltenham a great town to live, work and play. Along with being a shrewd businessman, he also gives back through a range of charitable activities. he believes in 'holistic' and demonstrates this belief through his actions.
Michael is a successful local business leader with the most passion, about ensuring that the business community of Cheltenham continues to thrive and grow. Michael is the owner and manager of M R Ratcliffe Consultants Ltd, insurance brokers specialising in the transport industry, which was established in 1976. Based in Cheltenham with 50 staff, M R Ratcliffe places business and underwrites insurance cover on behalf of several major insurance companies in the UK.
In his other work, Michael founded CCP in 1989 and is involved with a range of other charities and organisations locally and internationally including; The Isbourne Foundation, IT Schools Africa, The Makhad Trust and Rotary International.
Michael is also the Chief Executive of the Cheltenham Chamber of Commerce.
Nominator: CEO of CCP Cordell Ray
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