A selection of Gedling borough’s unsung heroes were tonight (13) saluted at the annual Pride of Gedling awards
The finalists of this year’s local Oscars – or ‘Gedlings’ as they were labelled by host Gareth Evans – gathered at the Civic Centre in Arnold along with their families as the winners of the seven categories were announced.
The first award of the night was for Business in the Community and was scooped by Piginns Cafe on Carlton Hill. Owner Marie Jackson was welcomed onto the stage to collect the trophy which recognised the role her business plays in supporting the community. The cafe fundraised for a community bench in memory of many of the local characters who lived and shopped on Carlton Hill. The business has also raised money for several causes – including Age UK. Piginns was described in the nomination as ‘a cafe that cares for the community’
The Community Servant Award went to Harvey Stevens . Harvey was rewarded for his work at Carlton le Willows Academy where he has helped to harness the students’ love of table tennis. Mr Stevens has also helped the Academy become home to a national standard table tennis centre.
Ann Haslam was presented with the Good Neighbour Award in recognition of the love and care she shows those living near her at home in Netherfield. Ann often goes that extra mile when it comes to supporting her neighbours. She often cares for those that are ill and even makes visits to check the ones that find themselves in hospital.
The Outstanding Community Project Award was won by We R Here – a small local charity which has supported over 800 people who have suffered domestic abuse, trauma and crisis.
This year’s Volunteer of the Year, which was sponsored by Gedling Eye, went to Sarah Benedek. Sarah has helped gain lottery funding for Gedling Country Park to fund a nature trail and also raised over £6,000 for the children’s ward at the QMC.
Oliver Lee went home with the Dylan Barker Young Person Award. This special award was set up in memory of Arnold resident and community champion Dylan Baker, who sadly died in 2017 aged just 20 years old. Dylan had previously been the recipient of a Pride of Gedling award for his volunteer work. This award celebrates young people, under the age of 21, who make an outstanding contribution to their communities.
Oliver was rewarded for his efforts in helping save a local woman’s life when he stepped into help her after a fall. He put her into the recovery position and helped stem the flow of blood from her head with his own hand until an ambulance arrived – a true hero.
Florence Orchard scooped the prestigious overall Pride of Gedling Award for her fantastic work with the Gedling Youth Council, which is now 30-strong and helps keep local politicians on their toes. Florence is chair of the council, and it has come on leaps and bounds under her leadership.
The Lifetime Achievement Award was won by Special Constable Alan Marwood for his decades of duty to local police teams and also the wider Force. In his time, Alan has been shot at, single handedly arrested several murders, and never shirked away from doing his duty.
This year’s Pride of Gedling nominations in full:
Business in the Community: Piginns Cafe, The Abdication Micropub and Deli-icious
Community Servant Award: Tony Parker, Harvey Stevens and Dorothy Perry
Good Neighbour Award: Diane Welling, Emma Green and Ann Haslam
Outstanding Community Project Award: We R Here, The Core Centre and Foxhill Court Community Centre
Volunteer Award: Sarah Benedek, Helen Lloyd and Susan Clayton
Dylan Barker Young Person Award: Rossi Starbuck, Oliver Lee and Flynn Whittaker
Pride of Gedling Award: Florence Orchard
Lifetime Achievement Award: Alan Marwood