Community heroes win at awards show
AQUICK THINKING schoolboy, dedicated carer and committed neighbour were among those honoured at a local hero awards.
Seven community-spirited people from Macclesfield were honoured with awards by Silk 106.9 at the presentation evening at the Tytherington Club in partnership with Cheshire East Council and in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.
Among the winners was six-year-old Liam Scally, from Sutton, who was named Champion Child. Liam was nominated by his mum after she had an epileptic fit and collapsed at Tegg’s Nose Country Park.
He raised the alarm and got into her backpack and used her phone to call for help.
Also a winner was Lindsay Morton, from Poynton. Lindsay originally nominated her mum, Christine, for Parent of the Year for all the help she’s given her.
While Christine didn’t win, Lindsay picked up the Act of Courage award for her work raising money for eating disorder charity Beat.
Lindsay said: “I didn’t even know I’d been nominated and was totally blown away by the award. I have suffered from anorexia and bulimia for 14 years and owe my life to my mum.
“Now it’s my turn to give back.”
Pam Skinner from Sutton Farm Shop won the Neighbour Award, nominated by Sutton Parish Council for the support she gives to people in the village.
Coun Hilda Gaddum, from Cheshire East council, said: “Pam is a tremendous asset to the community. Partly because of working in the farm shop and getting to know lots of people who chat to her, she picks up concerns and wherever possible does something about it. She is a fantastic neighbour to everyone.”
Parent of the year was Jenny Goodwin from Sutton, a foster carer who cares for children with complex health needs and provides their parents and carers with respite themselves.
Yvonne Cookson, from Macclesfield, won Carer of the Year, nominated by Home Care Northwest for caring for her mum who has had dementia for 11 years.
The Sports Person of Year was Stuart Brown, from Macclesfield, who has won his 12th British Motocross Sidecar Cham- pionship and has finished third in the World Championships this year.
Karen Black, from Bollington, was named the Pride of Cheshire for her tireless work with the youth of Macclesfield in her role as commander officer in the Sea Cadets.
Dorothy Barber, from Mobberley, was named Volunteer of the Year for her work with Talking Newspapers for The Blind and East Cheshire Hospice.
Richard Price, from So Cheshire, won Business of the Year, and William Ramsbottom, from Stockport, won Young Achiever.
Jo Shaw, from Park Royal School in Macclesfield, won Teacher of the Year, and Musical Moments from Congleton won the Social Enterprise award.
The awards were hosted by the radio station with breakfast DJ Ditchy presenting the awards.
Cheshire East mayor, coun Wesley Fitzgerald, his wife Joan, and MP David Rutley were among the guests.
John Susan, from Silk 106.9, said: “The awards are an opportunity to recognise people’s efforts which have affected the lives of others in our community.”
●● Clockwise from left: Carer of the Year Yvonne Cookson; Act of Courage winner Lindsay Morton; Champion Child Liam Scally; Pride of Cheshire winner Karen Black; Neighbour Award winner Pam Skinner ●● Pictures by Nigel Player Photography