December 5 2013 Latest news:
Sunday, October 20, 2013
From those who have shown great bravery to those who are real champions of their communities – some of Norfolk’s most inspiring people have been honoured at an extra special awards ceremony.
The 2013 Stars of Norfolk Awards in association with Norfolk County Council saw more than 300 people nominated for an array of awards ranging from volunteer of the year to young person of the year to unsung hero, and the ultimate stars of each category were revealed at a ceremony hosted by the BBC’s David Whiteley at St Andrew’s Hall in Norwich.
As the night of celebration got under way, EDP editor Nigel Pickover told the awards audience: “I am thrilled and delighted to be here, launching these inaugural awards in Norfolk.
“These awards can claim to be the very best of them all – in association with our friends at Norfolk County Council we are honouring ordinary folk, people who do extraordinary things in their communities, and yet ask for nothing in return.
“That’s what makes them so very special. So be prepared for a rollercoaster of an evening – one of great fun, friendship, outstanding stories – and one for the great people of Norfolk.”
Heart-warming tales of courage, selflessness, amazing community spirit and more filled the night as one by one our amazing Stars of Norfolk winners were announced and rewarded with special gifts reflecting their interests and personalities.
Eighty-three-year-old Joyce Hammond was crowned the Overall Star of Norfolk after also being named Unsung Hero of the Year.
Joyce, who has lived in Dickleburgh since 1942, has been a member of the Dickleburgh Royal British Legion women’s section for 60 years, was a standard bearer for 57 years and is currently group secretary.
As well as the 14 category awards, three surprise special recognition awards were also announced.
A posthumous award was given to flying legend Wing Commander Ken Wallis.
Champion volunteer Eric Bambridge, 90, who lives in Norwich, also received a special award along with the 1st Battalion of the Royal Anglian Regiment.
THE 2013 STARS OF NORFOLK
• Unsung Hero and Overall Star of Norfolk
Joyce Hammond, 83, has lived in Dickleburgh since 1942 when she was evacuated as a 12-year-old from the Blitz in London.
Joyce has been a member of Dickleburgh Royal British Legion women’s section for 60 years and was a standard bearer for 57 years, including carrying the standard at the Menin Gate, Belgium, three times. She organises sponsored walks, fetes and coffee mornings for the Royal British Legion. Joyce has also raised thousands of pounds for Dickleburgh church by putting on Sunday lunches.
• Young Person of the Year Award
Ellie Fairfoot, 18, from Norwich, has played an invaluable part in the life of her 16-year-old brother Rory.
Rory has autism and Ellie, who took her A-levels at City of Norwich School this year, has always looked after him and involved him. She cared for him after their father Monty Fairfoot, 53, died from a brain tumour in July. Ellie has also worked with young people with complex needs at the Hamlet Centre, Norwich, and raised money for the centre by taking part in a triathlon.
• Armed Services of the Year Award
LCoH Tim Baker, 27, was seriously injured while out in an armoured vehicle which was hit by an explosive in Afghanistan in 2008.
He was unable to walk and his future in the armed forces was in doubt but he defied the odds and returned to work in 2009.
LCoH Baker rejoined the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment in 2012 after extensive physiotherapy.
Despite his serious injuries he has taken part in prestigious ceremonial duties including the Queen’s Birthday Parade and the State Opening of Parliament.
• Carer of the Year Award
Henry Hughes, eight, from Aylsham, looks after his twin sister Rebekah who has Dravet syndrome which is a life-limiting epileptic condition.
He tirelessly raises money for Dravet Syndrome UK by selling homemade lemonade and tomato plants and donating his own pocket money.
As well as encouraging her to eat and take her medicines, he is loving, understanding and supportive. He looks after her emotionally as well as physically.
• Community Group or Champion of the Year Award
Richard and Vanessa Draper, from Edingthorpe, founded the Benjamin Foundation 19 years ago in memory of their 17-year-old son Benjamin who was killed in a motorbike accident in 1992.
The charity was formed to support children and families in the county and started in North Walsham.
It now helps thousands of people each year across Norfolk and provides help ranging from emotional support in schools to helping homeless young people.
• Fire Service Person of the Year Award
Dereham station manager Peter Abbs, 49, from Scarning has owned Ben, a four-year-old cocker spaniel, for 18 months.
Ben is Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service’s first accelerant detection dog trained to sniff out whether fires have been started deliberately.
Peter and Ben have improved arson detection in Norfolk and are helping make the county a safer place.
• Hospital/Ambulance Hero of the Year Award
Dr Tom Moore, from Dilham, has been a volunteer doctor for the East Anglian Air Ambulance for 12 years and dedicates at least one day a fortnight to the charity. He has worked more than 350 shifts and given the equivalent of free doctor care for one year.
He has saved the lives and eased the pain of hundreds of people.
• Outstanding Bravery of the Year Award
Aviva worker Joshua Allum, 21, from Norwich, performed CPR on a man who had stopped breathing while others walked past.
He was on his lunch break in Norwich city centre in April 2013 when he discovered a man in his 30s who had taken a heroin overdose.
The man started breathing while Joshua performed CPR.
• Outstanding Sporting Achievement of the Year Award
Amie Hutchison, 16, from Fakenham, is a dedicated athlete who loves her sport.
She plays softball for Great Britain and competed for the under-19s team in Canada this summer and is the number one pitcher for Great Britain. The Fakenham Academy student also plays cricket at county level and football for the under-16s ladies’ team at the Norwich City Centre of Excellence.
• Police Person of the Year Award
PC Forbes Scott and PC Matt Gouldsmith, of the joint Norfolk and Suffolk roads policing and firearms operational unit, helped save the life of a 51-year-old man who was slashed in the face and neck in Colegate, Norwich, on New Year’s Eve 2012.
As well as helping the victim the officers also looked after the partner of the man who was in distress.
The officers helped stop the flow of blood from the victim before paramedics arrived, and without the quick actions of PC Scott and Gouldsmith the man would have died after the attack.
• Search and Rescue Person of the Year Award
Max Moore, 19, from Trunch, has been an RNLI lifeguard in north Norfolk since 2010.
He swam to rescue a 14-year-old girl and her friend who were swept 70 metres out to sea off a sandbar on Sea Palling beach in August 2013.
The teenage girl was a non-swimmer and was clinging onto her friend. Both were trapped in a lethal riptide.
She was in a life-threatening situation and could have died without the quick actions of Max.
• Small Business Community Support of the Year Award
Clinks Care Farm in Toft Monks was set up in May 2010 as a social enterprise to help disadvantaged people, and people suffering with mental health problems and disabilities.
It is run by Doeke Dobma and his wife Iris Zanzon, Simon Watts and Helen Collins.
The farm provides day placements and is now open five days a week. It teaches land-based skills to a range of people and has helped some get back into work.
• Team of the Year Award
Siblings Josh Wright, nine, Ben Wright, seven, and Ellie Wright, five, from Corpusty, wanted to help their sister Felicity, three, who has cerebral palsy and needed a £700 custom-made tricycle.
They ended up raising £1,681 by organising a tombola, cake stall and raffle outside Corpusty Stores and since then the amount has increased to £2,380 from donations after the event.
• Volunteer of the Year Award
Duncan Green, from Alby, has volunteered with Victim Support since 1999 and has recently worked with young victims of crime.
In 2011 he also volunteered with Nelson’s Journey and has given considerable time supporting bereaved children in Norfolk.
He is willing to do any task to support Nelson’s Journey and loves being the Nelson mascot.
Despite his own experiences with bereavement he shows courage and dedication to the children while empathising with their stories.
• Special Recognition Award
Wing Commander Ken Wallis, from Reymerston, who died this year at the age of 97, led one of the most extraordinary lives in Norfolk. He was best known for playing Sean Connery’s stunt double in a famous James Bond sequence in his self-designed autogyro named Little Nellie.
For 75 years he was devoted to flight, and continued to give the Civil Aviation Authority the jitters when he talked of chasing more world records well into his 90s. Last October, he received the Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators’ Award of Honour.
He was made an MBE in 1996, and this summer finally received his Bomber Command medal for his time in 103 Squadron based at RAF Elsham Wolds, in North Lincolnshire.
• Special Recognition Award
Eric Bambridge, 90, from Templemere, Norwich, is a great ambassador for volunteering.
He regularly visits people much younger than he is to check they are safe and well, and makes disability aids for his clients, giving them for free, which enables people to live independently. Eric has volunteered for Voluntary Norfolk for more than 20 years and is a champion of community involvement. He was also a finalist in two Stars of Norfolk categories this year for his tireless efforts to help others.
• Special Recognition Awards
The 1st Battalion of the Royal Anglian Regiment, known as the Vikings, has had a strong presence in overseas operations for the past 10 years.
The battalion saw service in Afghanistan in 2002, Iraq in 2005 and then again in Afghanistan in 2007, 2009 and 2012.
Before Afghanistan and Iraq, the battalion served in Bosnia, Croatia, Northern Ireland and Belize.
Some 150 soldiers from the battalion marched through Diss in November last year as part of a series of homecoming parades.
The Vikings battalion recruits from Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire. It is based in Bulford, Wiltshire.