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Norfolk heroes honoured at prestigious awards ceremony

PUBLISHED: 11:46 16 October 2015 | UPDATED: 11:46 16 October 2015

The Broadland Community at Heart Awards, the Broadland Youth Choir perform.
PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

The Broadland Community at Heart Awards, the Broadland Youth Choir perform. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

ARCHANT NORFOLK

Those who battle adversity everyday, tireless community stalwarts and eco-warriors have been
honoured at a prestigious awards ceremony.

The Broadland Community at Heart Awards
PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAYThe Broadland Community at Heart Awards PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

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.

The Broadland Community at Heart Awards
PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAYThe Broadland Community at Heart Awards PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

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.

Winner’s list

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.

Do you have a story about a local hero we should be writing about? Email reporter Lauren Cope on lauren.cope@archant.co.uk

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