North Devon community heroes Jack Taylor and Jack Littlejohns
North Devon community heroes Jack Taylor and Jack Littlejohns

Two North Devon heroes honoured at award ceremony

Joseph Bulmer

Two North Devon heroes have received regional awards at the first ever South West Community Awards event which was held in East Budleigh village hall on Saturday, April 30.

Jack Taylor, who runs the East the Water food pantry, won second place in the ‘Community Hero’ category while Jack Littlejohns won first place in the ‘Special Recognition’ category for his outstanding community work for Barnstaple Ability FC.

The judges received more than 500 nominations from the south west region.

Jack Littlejohns with his award

Jack Littlejohns said: “It’s amazing and emotional at the same time to hear so many incredible stories from all different aspects of life and the people that have been nominated truly deserve to be here this evening, having received the special recognition award truly made me realise that everyone has a story to tell whether that’s overcoming a personal obstacle in their life, battling an illness or helping to inspire others it’s truly incredible and it’s motivation to keep using our background story to create a future for those that want to have a better quality of life!”

Jack Taylor said: “I just don’t know what to say, I get rewarded everyday knowing that I am helping struggling families but this award is a major bonus and it makes my own struggles worth it, if anything it’s trying to put East the Water on the map for all the right reasons!”

Jack Taylor continues to be a local community hero and any food donations towards his East the Water community food pantry would be greatly appreciated.

Jack Taylor with his award

Jack Littlejohns, along with his sister Annie Littlejohns, are completing a 15,000 feet tandem sky dive for the Children’s Hospice South West next month and have currently raised £1,972.

You can view their fundraising page here: