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Local Hero Awards

Every year we search for the area's unsung heroes and recognise what they do with Yorkshire Coast Radio's Local Hero Awards, in association with Coast & Country.


The winners were announced on Friday 19th April 2013 at a glittering awards ceremony and dinner at the JM Guthrie Clubhouse, Scarborough Rugby Club.


Check out the photo gallery of the night here


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The Bravery Award, sponsored by April Florists, will honour someone who has shown exceptional courage through personal illness or by helping others.



The Winner is Gayle Brown

Bridlington Mum Gayle Brown saved the life of an 11-year-old boy who was left with serious burns to his face, arms, hands and legs after playing with an aerosol and a lighter.

Gayle saw him from her car, got him to roll in the snow, then wrapped his burns in cling film until the ambulance arrived.

She was only there by chance having left work 30 minutes early.

Humberside Fire and Rescue said: “Gayle did exactly the right thing and we commend her for her actions and quick thinking.”


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The Child of Achievement Award, sponsored by Yorkshire Coast College will honour someone who has demonstrated exceptional courage or excelled in sport, education or performing arts.



The winner is Leah Belchamber

Leah Belchamber is 15 and is the main carer for her mother in Whitby.

Leah sorts her medication and puts her to bed. When she found her mother after a fall, she phoned the ambulance and went with her to Scarborough Hospital.

Leah herself suffers with hypomobility syndrome, causing her joints to dislocate.

Despite her responsibilities and health challenges, Leah studies at The Academy Hair & Beauty Training College.

Leah says she wanted to study hair and beauty because her mother had lost all her hair during treatment and she wants to work with other chemotherapy patients to make them feel beautiful.


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The Make a Difference in the Community Award, sponsored by Pagan & McQuade Opticians, will honour someone who has shown great commitment to the area within which they live.



The winner is Stewart Finney

Stewart Finney from Scarborough is the Chair of the charity SUNNY (Speak Up Now North Yorkshire) which he helped set up in 2009.

The charity gives support to, and promotes independent living for, people with learning disabilities.

He organises holidays, discos, fundraisers and trips to the theatre and cinema.

Nominated by his Mum Janette, she said: “Nothing is ever too much for him, he is a happy and cheerful person who always thinks of others before himself.”


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The Customer Service Award, sponsored by Boyes Stores, will honour someone who has shown exceptional customer service within their work, and gone the extra mile.



The winner is Angie McLean

Angie McLean from Cayton works at The Hunmanby Pantry, The Copper Horse in Seamer and teaches at The Anne Taylor Dance School in Cayton.

Eliza McMillan from The Hunmanby Pantry says: "She’s always been so cheerful and helpful. She makes a day at work with her fun and puts a smile on all of our customer’s faces”.

Jo-Ann McMillan, from The Hunmanby Pantry says: We are a small village shop we have many regular customers who Angie always remembers by first name”.

John Jeffrey, regular customer at The Hunmanby Pantry says: “I was immediately impressed with her bubbly personality. She has a wonderful open friendly face. She’s a real asset, a breath of fresh air”.

Julie Finnigan, Owner of the Copper Horse says: “She is very popular with all her colleagues and our customers. She is always so full of enthusiasm. She is a lovely young woman who is always smiling and willing to help others".

Anne Taylor, Head of Anne Taylor's Dance School, Cayton says: “Angie cares so much about the pupils. She always has a smile on her face”.

Jessica Robinson, pupil at Anne Taylor's Dance School says: “She’s always been dedicated to dancing and to helping others succeed”.


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The Teacher of the Year Award, sponsored by Raven Hall Country House Hotel, will honour someone who has demonstrated commitment and inspiration to those they teach, both inside and outside of the classroom.



The winner is Neil Davis

Neil Davis is retiring after more than 20 years as Headteacher of Brompton & Sawdon Community Primary School.

He’s instilled a “can-do” attitude and family atmosphere, ensuring pupils of all abilities are engaged and prepared for life in secondary school.

Parent Theresa Hargreaves says: I am nominating Neil Davis to show our huge appreciation for all that he has done to mould and enhance our children’s lives and skills. He is the most inspiring, motivational and extraordinary teacher that I have ever known.


Parent Guardian



The Parent/Guardian Award, sponsored by Sizer Jewellers, will honour someone who has guided, advised and helped their own or other people’s children.




The winner is Peter and Juliette Hamilton

Peter and Juliette Hamilton from Scalby have adopted three children with disabilities.

3 year old Zarah has a severe diabetic illness and needs constant care, 5 year old Louise has problems with her eyesight and 11 year old Bethany has cerebral palsy.

Andy & Janet Lord nominated them saying: “They are the most wonderful couple we have ever come across. As parents they make sure these children have the most normal life possible. They never complain, no matter how little sleep they have, they are selfless, giving people who always have a smile for everyone. It is a privilege to know them.”


Environment Award



The Environment Award, sponsored by Yorkshire Coast Homes, will honour a group or individual who is going the extra mile to think green and protect the environment.





The winner is Jan Cleary

Jan Cleary and The Friends of Dean Road and Manor Road Cemetery in Scarboroughlook after the appearance and up-keep of the cemetery, promote its appropriate use and ensure its dignity.

They secured a £50,000 lottery grant to renovate the Victorian Secret Garden, restoring a much-loved place of peace and serenity to its former glory after decades being unloved and misused.


Sporting Hero



The Sporting Hero Award, sponsored by Lloyd Dowson Chartered Accountants, will honour someone who has excelled in their chosen sport and shows great promise for the future.




The winner is Andrew Wood

25 year old Andrew Wood from Whitby lost his right leg below the knee in an accident in Australia 5 years ago.

He had the choice to remove the limb, or keep it but face a life of surgery.

He chose to have it removed because amputation was the only way he would ever play sport again.

Andrew is currently the captain of the 2nd team at Whitby Cricket Club and trains with the England disabled cricket team.

He is the manager of local football team Fishburn Park reserves and has used his compensation to make donations to several other local sports clubs.

In her nomination Emily Schofield said: “Andrew is an inspiration to young and old people alike, his courage and spirit is remarkable for a man who has dealt with so much at such a young age.

As Andrew would say “the only disability in life is a bad attitude”.”


The Ultimate Local Hero Award was presented by Coast & Country to

Andrew Wood


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