Winners crowned community heroes
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