A former homeless man and Street Angel has been recognised for his voluntary work by Halifax bank after winning an award.
Steve Windsor has won a Halifax Giving Extra Award for his volunteering efforts with Halifax Street Angels, Calderdale Food and Support Drop-In Centre, and Inn Churches – a night shelter provision for the homeless, after being nominated by Halifax Street Angel project manager Ellis King.
Steve, who was once sleeping rough, has turned his life full circle after using Halifax’s food and support centre, at the Ebenezer Centre, Pellon Lane.
Mr King said: “He is a local inspiration. Steve gives all his time to help vulnerable people in need.”
Steve supports people with addictions and helps homeless individuals find housing.
He said: “Winning came as a shock, I’ve never won anything before. I feel ecstatic and proud of this achievement – it’s boosted my confidence and I feel proud to tell people I’m a winner. The praise I’ve received from friends and Halifax staff has been wonderful.
“This award has shown me good things do happen to people like me who give their time to good causes.”
Steve was one of 67 local Giving Extra winners.
Director of Halifax Community Bank David Nicholson said: “It was difficult to choose 67 winners because we received so many incredible nominations. However, the work Steve has done for vulnerable people in his community really caught our panel’s attention and we wanted to recognise him with this award.”
Each winner received £250 in vouchers.
All 67 local winners will have a chance to become one of seven regional winners – the national winner of the Halifax Giving Extra Awards will be announced in February and the winner will receive £2,500 in vouchers and a £5,000 donation to a local good cause of their choice.