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

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