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Local Hero Awards 2014

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

The Local Hero Awards 2014 are in association with Hickory's Road House, Authentic American Dining.

 

Bravery Award

 

 

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

 

 

Andrew Askew from Scarborough was nominated by his wife Lisa. In 2007, Lisa was diagnosed with cervical cancer and given a 50/50 chance of survival. Lisa says “Andrew was my rock throughout my treatment. It shattered our dreams of having a family, leaving me infertile. He was there for me each and every day, by my side, holding my hand when I wanted to give up and couldn’t find the strength to fight. Whilst everyone was focusing on me, they forgot about the other people around me. He was a pillar of strength, holding everything together. He is the brave one, not me. I want to thank him, as I don’t feel I have ever said it enough. We are coming up to our 10th wedding anniversary this year and I am coming up to 7 years in remission.”

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Thomas Lord from Scarborough has had to learn to walk again after an operation on his leg left him in plaster for six weeks. He was nominated by his sister Shana who says: “He has had to go through so much at such a young age. He was unable to go to school and run around the playground with his friends. He struggled to get out at all. He still kept a smile on his face and never complained once.”

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Police Officer Sarah Widdrington was off duty when she tackled an armed man in Scarborough’s Tesco store. She wrestled him to the ground and disarmed him. The Chief Constable of North Yorkshire Police described her actions as “exceptionally brave”.

Congratulations to the winner...

Andrew Askew

Local Hero Awards

 

 

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.

 

 

Alanis Beckitt from Bridlington has sung solos with the Junior, Senior and Chamber Choirs at St Augustine’s School in Scarborough. She plays Alto Sax to Grade 6 with the School Orchestra and has sung in the national finals of “Music for Youth”. She won the school X Factor competition, Yorkshire Coast’s Got Talent and has performed at Scarborough’s Open Air Theatre with Tony Peers Productions. She was nominated by her music teacher Oliver Barron who said “Alanis is totally committed to the school music department and the various events it organises. She turns up early to set up and stays late to pack away. Alanis really is a true star! She is a pleasure to teach and does everything with a massive smile on her face!”

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15 year old James Holes from Scarborough volunteers on reception at The Street on William Street Coach Park in Scarborough almost every night. His mum says he's never in the house because of his commitment to the youth and community centre. James was nominated by both Graham Silverstone and Jack Smith. Jack credits James’ “inter-youth club” pool tournament with bringing local young people together.

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16 year old George Roberts from Scarborough was nominated by proud Mum Amanda. George recently joined the family funeral business. In his first few months, he set up the company’s first Memorial Service for families, arranging the venue, catering and invitations. He even found a vicar to take the service. The event was a great success with 71 people attending to remember 44 loved ones.

 

Congratulations to the winner...

Alanis Beckitt

Community

 

 

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

 

 

24 year old Andrew Dunning from Filey has learning difficulties and restricted mobility. He struggled to make friends at school in Teesside. He moved to Filey four years ago and secured funding to set up a group called SPADE for people with similar disabilities. In nominating him, sister Michaela said “My brother has given so much of his time to help the members feel safe and be themselves and to provide them with a vital social network. I am very proud of him and he deserves to be recognised for his hard work”.

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Reverend Mark Ladds led the appeal in Whitby after December’s coastal floods. He created a facebook page for furniture donations for those who’d lost everything. The cash donations have so far topped £5,500. In nominating him, Tracy Dryden said “He has used every minute of every day to help those affected by the flood. Without Reverend Mark Ladds, the people of Whitby would still be struggling now”.

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Cecilia Lindley has been running The West Hill Community Outreach Service in Bridlington for 10 years. She secures grant funding for the charity so it can offer a range of services to the residents of the West Hill Housing Estate. The service tackles social isolation, unemployment and anti-social behavior, offering activities like Needlecraft, Art Therapy, Woodwork, a twice-weekly youth club, food bank and library. She was nominated by Councillor Chad Chadwick who said: “Cecilia is a hardworking, dedicated person for the community of West Hill and she deserves some recognition”.

 

Congratulations to the winner...

Andrew Dunning

Local Hero Awards

 

 

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.

 

 

Tesco delivery driver Kevin Glanvill from Filey is credited with saving the life of a regular customer in East Ayton in January. Kevin noticed the elderly man’s house seemed quiet and his dog wasn’t barking like normal. Knowing the man struggled with mobility, Kevin called the numbers on the order form to contact his customer’s daughter. When she arrived, they found the man had fallen 15 hours earlier and couldn’t summon help. The woman believes her Dad may not be alive if Kevin hadn’t gone beyond the call of duty in caring for his customers.

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Ann Kelly is a Community Maternity Support Worker at Scarborough Hospital. She was nominated by Helen Clark after she struggled to breastfeed her newborn son. Helen says: “Ann was so kind and patient with me in my hour of need and was an absolute rock at a very difficult time. She kept coming out regularly until we had a good feeding routine established. Nine months on I am still breastfeeding my son, who is thriving, but without the care and support from Ann this wouldn’t have been possible. I’ve spoken to many new mums and everyone who’s come into contact with Ann sings her praises.”

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Nicola Ware works for Scarborough’s Open Air Theatre. She was nominated by the carer for a young man with multiple, complex disabilities who said: “Nicola organised disabled seating at the Open Air Theatre last summer.  She took the time to listen to exactly what help we required as opposed to what policies state or what she thought we may need. Her attention to detail exceeded that of any other customer service adviser we have encountered anywhere in the last decade. Her efficiency ensured that the young man was able to access everything he wanted to see in the company of those he wished to view it with. The young man is unable to thank her himself, but I hope Nicola is thanked on his behalf for her exceptional customer service.

 

Congratulations to the winner...

Kevin Glanvill

Local Hero Awards

 

 

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.

 

 

Kath Boyle has dedicated 36 years of her life to teaching. In 2000, she joined the Pupil Referral Unit in Scarborough to work with young people with challenging behaviour who have been excluded from mainstream schools. In nominating her, Sarah Hirst said “She is determined to make a difference to their lives. She never leaves work at 5 and calls it a day. She will always drop everything to try and help in any way possible to make sure the pupils get the care they need and are as safe as possible. I truly cannot think of anyone more deserving of this award. Any one of her past or present pupils will most definitely agree with me. She has not just changed lives, but saved lives.”

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Rachel Brickman teaches cooking and baking at the Briercliffe Children's Centre in Scarborough to parents who would like to improve their cooking skills or cook nutritious meals on a budget. In nominating her, Anne-Marie Tasker said “Rachel has worked hard to make her classes fun, accessible and relevant and has developed a strong relationship with the families she works with. Her role at the Children's Centre is particularly important in the current economic climate and the families and colleagues speak very highly of Rachel. She deserves this nomination for the limitless enthusiasm that she brings to her work.

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Sue Risdale works at Quay Academy in Bridlington. In nominating her Tracy White said “Sue runs 'The Hub', a point of contact for parents when they need to talk, or are feeling down. She will always listen and do what she can to help.  Four years ago, I had a house fire and lost everything. Sue was the first to make sure we were ok and to organise new clothes for my kids. Sue goes above and beyond her job description.”

 

Congratulations to the winner...

Kath Boyle

Parent

 

 

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

 

 

 

Andrea Hansell from Whitby was nominated by daughter Emily who said: “She’s a great parent to all 6 of us! She always makes sure we’re where we want to be whether it’s Leeds for ballet, Middlesborough for football or open days at Universities. During the past year, Mum has gained a degree in Educational Studies while working in a local primary school as a Teaching Assistant and now a Teacher, helping all of the children fulfil their potential coaching school sports teams and running the 'Gardening Club'.”

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Carol Popplestone from Scarborough is a Nan to 4 and Mum to 3, she’s also a Macmillan Nurse at Scarborough Hospital and runs a cancer support group in Bridlington. In nominating her, daughter Megan says “My mum drives me to Barnsley every Saturday for Irish dancing. She puts so much effort into our lives. She is the most inspirational person in my life and I would love to have a job like hers or to be like her. I love her so much. My mum is one in a billion”.

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Julie Taylor from Eastfield has had a tough couple of years. A range of health problems have left her in constant pain. She’s had to retire from work and can no longer drive, but she doesn’t let her condition hold her back. She was nominated by her daughter Kayleigh who says: “With everything that she’s going through, she still gives us all advice and support and always puts her illness last. She is such an amazing mum and has been my rock and made me the person I am today.”

 

Congratulations to the winner...

Carol Popplestone

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.

 

 

 

 

Laura and Daniel Barker from Scarborough are aged 11 and 9. They’ve been litter picking all over the Yorkshire Coast since they were 5. They’ve now adopted areas of Cayton village and encourage local residents to join their weekly clean-ups there. As part of the “Surfers Against Sewage” scheme, they’ve collected 12 bags of litter and 3kgs of glass from six of our beaches.

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Barry Gilford is the Chairman of the West Street & Surrounding Areas Action Group in Bridlington. He's campaigned on various issues including improvements for the South Cliff Gardens. After a clean-up, he hopes to secure a new piece of public art for the area.

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Jo Miles helped set-up the Bridlington Central Area Action Group this year to encourage the local community to improve the area they live in. As well as launching a new youth club, the group aims to tackle litter and dog fouling with new bins and residents’ litter picks. PCSO Beverley Feirn was one of two people to nominate her saying: “Jo is a fine example of how you can pull a community together and make a difference with determination”.

 

Congratulations to the winners...

Laura and Daniel Barker

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.

 

 

 

Paula Ambury from Scarborough is the Kingfishers Open Water swimming coach. In nominating her, Erin Hope said “Kingfishers Open Water Team would not happen without her. She keeps the club going by putting in hours of her own time. She helps everyone achieve their dreams.” Paula works with swimmers aged 7 to 50. She devoted 2 years to coaching the team that last July broke the world record for the fastest 7-man relay across the English Channel.

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Mark Sansom from Seamer started an “I Can Do Soccer” School in Eastfield. Running at weekends and through half term, it encourages kids off the streets and builds confidence and self-esteem. He was nominated by Samantha Overfield who said “My son has been going for over a year now and his confidence has improved a lot. He has made a lot of new friends. I feel that Mark deserves this award”.

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14 year-old goalkeeper Craig Thordarson from Scarborough has won a place at the Leeds United Youth Academy. He juggles schoolwork with 3 or 4 training sessions a week and matches around the country. He was nominated by his sister Stephanie who says: “He is such an inspiration to young and old alike. I am proud to be his big sister and admire him not just for his skills in sport, but for his whole outlook and attitude towards everything he does.

 

Congratulations to the winner...

Paula Ambury

 

The Ultimate Local Hero Award, sponsored by Hickory's Road House

Congratulations to Kevin Glanvill

Scarborough Rugby Club

 

 

Thank you to Scarborough Rugby Club for hosting The Local Hero Awards 2014