Heroes of the community
Unsung heroes from across the county have been honoured at the annual BBC Surrey Community Heroes Awards. Over the last few months BBC Surrey listeners have been making their nominations across nine categories including Fundraiser, Volunteer and Young Achiever of the Year.
Commenting on the Awards, Sara David, BBC Surrey managing editor said: “The Community Heroes Awards is always a fantastic celebration of unsung heroes from across the region and last night was no exception. This was our eighth year of these awards and the stories we heard were incredible.”
The overall winner in the 999 category was special sergeant David Mclean, a member of the Special Constabulary in Surrey for 11 years. In one of many examples, David single-handedly faced a multi-vehicle collision, immediately taking control of the scene, performing CPR, triaging other injured parties and identifying witnesses.
Emily Bollon, leader of the Topic of Cancer choir, was the recipient of the Music and Arts award. In the Carer category, guests at the ceremony heard how Agnes Kwiatkowska has transformed the The Chestnuts Care Home in Byfleet, adorning it with original artwork created by the residents with her support.
The Good neighbour award went to Horsell Care, established in 1999 and managed by a small committee of volunteers who also double-up as drivers, helpline assistants and administrative support. While, Ken Griffiths was named Volunteer of the year. Ken organises an annual charity cycling sportive, volunteers at his local museum, oversees The Haslemere Fringe and shares the organisation of The Haslemere Festival.
There was also a posthumous Outstanding Achievement award presented to the family of Ellie Soutter from Oxted. Ellie enjoyed considerable sporting success including winning Britain’s only medal at the 2017 Youth Winter Olympics. Sadly, Ellie took her own life but her father has gone on to set up a foundation in her name to support other young athletes. The ceremony will be aired on BBC Surrey on Tuesday, January 1, at 6pm.