Norfolk heroes honoured at prestigious awards ceremony
PUBLISHED: 11:46 16 October 2015 | UPDATED: 11:46 16 October 2015
Those who battle adversity everyday, tireless community stalwarts and eco-warriors have been honoured at a prestigious awards ceremony.
Broadland District Council’s inaugural Community at Heart Awards recognised worthy winners in 10 categories including carer and personal courage of the year.
More than 130 guests gathered at The Space, in Sprowston, last night to listen to moving tales of courage and determination from the Broadland area.
They included that of James Morrison, whose bravery won him the young person of the year award.
James suffers from a rare kidney condition, scoliosis, hypertension, pain syndrome, hypermobility syndrome and leg length syndrome, leaving him in severe pain every day, but manages to maintain his sunny outlook and loves helping his sister with her homework.
Speaking at the ceremony, EDP editor Nigel Pickover announced that all finalists would be put before judges in our Stars of Norfolk and Waveney Awards.
He said: “As finalists for this evening’s awards, you are testament to the fact that we have some of the most caring, courageous and selfless people in Norfolk in our midst.”
He described the finalists as our “real heroes and heroines”.
Andrew Proctor, leader of Broadland District Council, said: ”When we sat down to go through all the entries, we were overwhelmed at how many people like yourselves give so much back and put so much into your communities.
Personal courage - Hilary Livsey
Young person - James Morrison
Volunteer - Jo Swannell
Carer - David Gibbs
Community group - Great Witchingham Community Hub
Sporting achievement - Sophie Alden
Safer Broadland Award - Fiona Myhill
Good neighbour or friend - Louise and Ian Watling
Environmental champion - Peter Collins at Reepham High School
Business community support - Tamarind Restaurant
“The standard of entries was very high and, as always with these things, while there can only be one outright winner, in this case we feel that every one of you is truly a worthy winner.”
The awards received sponsorship from D & F McCarthy, based on Broadland Business Park.
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