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Love Barrow Awards 2014 - winners announced at emotional ceremony

A SPARKLING evening in Barrow to celebrate the inspiring people who make up the local community has been hailed as a huge success.
Click here to read about this year's nominees

Volunteers, teachers, carers and businessmen and women all put on their glad rags and walked the red carpet for the Love Barrow Awards on Friday night at The Forum in Duke Street.

The annual awards ceremony brings together the very best of the borough, putting deserving residents and community groups in the spotlight.

2014 marked the ninth year of the Love Barrow Awards and its widespread appeal seems to be going from strength to strength.

Colin Thomson, the mayor of Barrow, said the awards were treasured by the local community because they recognise the incredible work going on in the borough.

He said: “Our beaches and our rural highways may be special, but its the people around here who make the place special.

“These awards mean so much to people. It’s a truly brilliant evening.”

This year judges had a difficult task in whittling the scores of nominations received down to a shortlist of just 24.

Eight awards were given out on the night, including Carer of the Year to 11-year-old Matylda Kenny, who looks after her twin sister, Tabetha, who has cerebral palsy, and Sports Volunteer of the Year to Stephen Cairns, a teacher at Askam Village School who has helped dozens of pupils become regional and national champions in a range of sports.

Invited guests wiped away tears as nomination videos describing heart-breaking tales of personal resilience and determination were played to the crowd.

Among the most emotional was that of 16-year-old Andrew Madden, an Ulverston Victoria High School sixth form pupil who is fighting his second diagnosis of leukaemia.

The Dalton teenager is in isolation at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital after undertaking another course of chemotherapy.

He was named winner of the Courage Award, and his father, Paul, described Andrew as showing “real fortitude” in “making the very best of a very difficult situation”.

Local projects to keep residents fit and active, and support them in times of financial difficulty were also recognised at the awards evening.

Sue Thurley, who won the Environmental Volunteer of the Year Award and is project officer of Barrow’s Wildside, said the awards give local groups a great platform to showcase what they can offer local residents.

She said: “I am really proud that Barrow’s Wildside has been recognised.

“It took a while for the project to get going like these things do, but it has become like a runaway train and the response has been really good. These sort of events are a great help.

“It’s amazing to see so many people and groups get the recognition they deserve.”

Claire O’Hare, one of the run leaders at Walney Wind Cheetahs who were runners-up in the Group/Project of the Year category, said she was overwhelmed by stories of some of the nominees.

She said: “It’s been a wonderful evening. It’s really, really nice to come here and learn about the amazing things
happening in Barrow.”

The winners in the various categories were:

Carer of the Year - Matylda (Tilly) Kenny.  Finalists - Jeff Holt/Gemma Moorby (category sponsored by Cumbria Clinical Commisioning Group)

Teacher of the Year - Graham Barker. Finalists - Caroline Hoggarth, Kerry Griffin (category sponsored by Patient Memoirs)

Sports Volunteer  of the Year - Stephen Cairns. Finalists - KANJI-DO Karate Club, Russ Walker. (category sponsored by Siemens)

Environmental Volunteer of the Year - Barrow's Wildside (Sue Thurley). Finalists - Morecambe Bay Partnership (Susannah Bleakley) (category sponsored by Vattenfall).

Courage - Andrew Madden. Finalist - Barrow RNLI. (category sponsored by Furness College).

Young Citizen of the Year -  Jacob McSweeney. Finalists - Harrison Holmes, James Cox. (category sponsored by SDG Accountants)

Community Group / Project of the Year - Barrow Foodbank. Finalists - Leonard Cheshire, Walney Wind Cheetahs. (category sponsored by Turnstone HR) 

Citizen of the Year  - Joan Milburn / Irene Crabtree. Finalists - Les McLeese, Darren McSweeney (category sponsored by Furness Building Society)

Community Business of the Year - Deemon Performance Academy (Emma Fawcett), Impact Furniture Services (Maxine Hughes), The Bay. (category sponsored by Furness Building Society)

Ambassador Award - Caroline Vernon (category sponsored by Cumbria Police Crime Commissioner)

Have your say

Congratulations to All at the Barrow FoodBank. My Mam Pam, Volunteers there and they do a Tremendous Job for People who need their help!!

Posted by Simon on 17 March 2014 at 16:42

Environmental Volunteer of the Year! Congratulations Sue T, recognition at long last for All the hard work you have put in over the Years, & not just on this project! Lotsa Luv from the Old B? X

Posted by Wally ! on 15 March 2014 at 03:18

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