As usual, the Mercure Hotel in Christleton was the venue for the Dee106.3 Local Heroes Awards. Held annually the awards recognise outstanding individuals and groups in the community. The events sponsors included The Kings School, Miles of Smiles, Stagecoach buses, Children Today, Elite Flooring and the Cheshire County Sports Club.This year the Lord Mayor of Chester, Alex Black was in attendance and the event was also streamed live on facebook.
15 year old Emma Harris won Young Achiever of the Year for her contribution towards raising £20,000 for Downs Syndrome by selling gingerbread socks.
This years Eco award went to Dr Christian Dunn for pioneering the hugely successful “Straw Free Chester” campaign. The campaign has received national media coverage and has grown to include many local businesses and groups including Chester Friends of the Earth.
The Business of the year award went to the all inclusive Boaty Theatre Company who operate from the National Waterways Museum in Ellesmere Port. The award was collected by Laura Newton Harris and Teresa Newton Harris who spoke of their pride at having a choir from the company perform at their wedding.
Sports Person of the year was given to 2 winners this year. Lindsay Carrington won her award for her work in women’s football, running a weekly group as well as coaching and being secretary of Upton Junior Football Club.
Callum McIntyre, youth manager at Chester FC was also rewarded for his successes last season winning 5 trophies and seeing 6 first team players progress from the youth academy. He dedicated his award to all the players and staff at the club.
Pupil of the Year was awarded to Josh Uttley for overcoming problems associated with his mother’s abusive relationship with his father and going on to excel personally and academically.
Teacher of the year went to Fiona McSween of St Oswalds CE , known as “Miss Mac” who was praised by many nominating parents for being “magical” and the school’s own “Mary Poppins”
Parent of the year went to Gaynor Heath for her work running the George Heath Foundation which she founded in memory of her late son. The Trust has raised over £15,000 for various local charities.
Carer of the year was awarded to 80 year old Jean Machan from Upton for her years of dedicated service with Chester Home Care
Act of Courage this year went to Paul Blessing of Chester Boats, who rescued a baby from the river Dee when its buggy rolled into the water. He was praised for his quick thinking which prevented a tragedy.
Volunteer of the year went to Robert Gaine for his wide range of charitable and fundraising efforts. Nominated by his sister who collected the award on his behalf, Robert recently walked the Great Wall of China raising £5000 for charity.
Finally this years Child of Courage went to 9 year old Macey Hardman. Macey overcame life threatening illness when she suffered a bleed on the brain and was in intensive care for 12 days. Her mother praised her determination and bravery in her amazing recovery. Award sponsors Miles of Smiles pledged to take Macey to Disneyland Paris in recognition.
With big thanks to the team at Dee106.3 and the staff at the Mercure Hotel.
See you in 2019!