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Wednesday, 03 September 2014

Love Barrow Awards 2012

THE Love Barrow Community Awards 2012 gave the feel good factor as the borough’s most inspirational individuals and groups were recognised. DAVID PICKTHALL reports

THE glamorous Love Barrow awards ceremony at The Forum on Friday night was the culmination of a process that began in October, when nominations first opened.

Doctor Anthony Page, a recently-retired consultant psychiatrist at Dane Garth Mental Health Unit at Furness General Hospital, won Carer of the Year, as voted by Evening Mail readers.

He said: “I would like to see the award as being a reflection of work that’s done in mental health in Barrow.

“That’s not just me – that’s the community teams, the in-patient staff, and also the people who work with the voluntary sector.”

Dr Page also reserved praise for Mind in Furness, which later in the night won the Community Group of the Year award.

Karen Dobson, Mind’s chief officer, said: “Thank you on behalf of the staff, the 15 or so volunteers and the hundreds of service users.

“As Jonathan, one of the service users said in the video, Mind is like a heartbeat, and that really moved me, because that’s what it is for me as well.”

Elaine Kent, headteacher at St George’s School, in Barrow, won Teacher of the Year.

She described how her mother and father had gone to a parents’ evening when she was 10 and the headteacher of her primary school had told them she had the potential to go far with her “natural leadership ability”.

Mrs Kent said: “I wouldn’t be stood here now if not for him – a teacher, and I can only hope that I can do the same for another young person and change their life, make it worthwhile, rewarding, successful and see the potential in them.”

The Young Leaders, part of the Just4U Community Partnership, won the Sports Volunteers of the Year. Sensei Phil Newton asked the audience to give a round of applause to the other finalists, Greg Unsworth and Lee Smith.

Mr Newton said: “This award is for these guys and every other young person in Barrow who gives up their time.”

The Pyne sisters, Alice and Milly, won the Courage Award and Young Citizen of the Year respectively.

Alice, who has Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and whose campaigning has prompted thousands of people to join the bone marrow register, said: “It was really unexpected and thank you very much.”

Milly said: “Thank you. I think that everyone who went for this was inspirational.”

The Environmental Volunteer award went to the Green Heart Den volunteers.

Volunteer Lee Pickering said: “I’d like to thank all the people who put the time and effort into Green Heart Den, and most of all – he told me not to say it – Graham Bromley (project co-ordinator).

“Without Graham, none of this would’ve happened.”

Pauline Charnley, manager of the Barrow-based Four Groves Community Association, won Citizen of the Year.

She said: “I would like to thank my family for standing by me for all the awkward hours when I’m out working.

“And I’d like to thank Joanne Tyson (Barrow Borough Council’s community involvement manager) for nominating me and the gent who put me in this position in the first place – Neil Doherty.”

The special Ambassador Award was presented to Rob Cairns, the recently-retired chief executive of Furness Building Society, by Barrow and Furness MP John Woodcock.

Mr Woodcock said: “Rob is not from Furness, but he bats for Furness day in, day out.”

Mr Cairns paid tribute to his late colleague Ian Bell who died of a heart attack last October.

He said: “Ian joined us about four years ago and threw himself into the community. I’m sharing this with you, mate.”

Have your say

Good effort all round everyone, well done to you all. Please for next year could we have the shabby podium either replaced or re-stained, it's a disgrace!

Posted by James Ramsden on 14 March 2012 at 12:39

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