He­roes of the com­mu­nity

Surrey Life - - The Insider’s Guide -

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.

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