Win­ners crowned com­mu­nity he­roes

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MANCH­ESTER’ S com­mu­nity he­roes were thanked for help­ing make the city a bet­ter place to live at the an­nual Be Proud Awards cer­e­mony.

The event, held at the Mid­land Ho­tel, hailed some of the in­cred­i­ble peo­ple who have helped im­prove peo­ple’s lives through their pride in what they do. Ap­pear­ing via video, the Lord Mayor of Manch­ester, Coun June Hitchen, said: “The Be Proud Awards give us a chance to cel­e­brate the many won­der­ful vol­un­teers and in­di­vid­u­als who work tire­lessly to make Manch­ester the great city it is and to thank them for all they do to help oth­ers.

“Th­ese ex­tra­or­di­nary peo­ple make a great dif­fer­ence to the neigh­bour- hoods and com­mu­ni­ties in Manch­ester and all the won­der­ful fi­nal­ists should feel proud of what they have achieved.

“Their hard work, ded­i­ca­tion and vi­sion make a huge dif­fer­ence to real peo­ple.”

Fol­low­ing an in­tro­duc­tion from the Deputy Lord Mayor of Manch­ester, Coun Abid Cho­han, there was a gala din­ner for award fi­nal­ists, with all present be­ing thanked for their con­tri­bu­tions to the city.

Four­teen award win­ners were then an­nounced by the chief ex­ec­u­tive of St Ann’s Hos­pice, Eamonn O’Neal and the coun­cil’s deputy chief ex­ec­u­tive, Sara Todd.

This year’s Pride of Manch­ester award went to Hulme-based tech com­pany UKFast, which helped pro­vide 18,000 meals for chil­dren at risk of go­ing hun­gry dur­ing the sum­mer hol­i­days.

Coun Rab­nawaz Ak­bar, ex­ec­u­tive mem­ber for neigh­bour­hoods, said: “The awards give us the op­por­tu­nity to high­light just some of the won­der­ful peo­ple who work to make Manch­ester the city we all love.

“The peo­ple we are cel­e­brat­ing have self­lessly ded­i­cated their time to help oth­ers and to make a pos­i­tive dif­fer­ence to their com­mu­ni­ties.

“Th­ese peo­ple are what Manch­ester is all about – work­ing col­lab­o­ra­tively and for the ben­e­fit of ev­ery­one.”

The win­ners are:

Pride of Manch­ester – UKFast

Spe­cial Recog­ni­tion – Peter Bow­ers

Blos­som­ing Com­mu­ni­ties – Mir­field Road Com­mu­nity Gar­den

Bring­ing Com­mu­ni­ties To­gether – Manch­ester En­ter­prise Academy Di­ver­sity Am­bas­sadors

Busi­ness in the Com­mu­nity – UKFast

Clean Neigh­bour­hood – Cleaner Crump­sall

Com­mu­nity Force – Irene Martin

Com­mu­nity Pro­ject of the Year – The Bide­ford Com­mu­nity Cen­tre

Cre­ativ­ity in the Com­mu­nity – Manch­ester Street Poem

Neigh­bour of the Year – Judy Robin­son

Re­cy­cling Pro­ject of the Year – Whal­ley Rangers

Vol­un­teer of the Year (group) – Manch­ester Mind - Give Help, Get Help

Vol­un­teer of the Year (in­di­vid­ual) – John Pri­est­ley

Young Achiever of the Year – James Plant

Young Achiever of the Year win­ner James Plant re­ceives his award

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