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Love Barrow awards ceremony 2013

THE best of Barrow was celebrated at an annual awards ceremony to recognise the remarkable deeds of ordinary people in the community.

Accolades were presented in nine categories during the Love Barrow Awards in The Forum last night.

Citizen of the Year was awarded to Walney PCSO Gail O’Neill, who has completed numerous mass-participation runs in memory of her nephew Leigh Budge, who was killed in a car accident, aged 33.

She said: “This year has been very special for my family because it would’ve been Leigh’s 40th birthday. I’m hoping to walk 400 miles when my leg is better.

“I was wondering how to start off this special year, but tonight you’ve done it for me.”

Young Citizen of the Year went to Rebekah Thompson, 13, in recognition of her work for charity, Brownies, disabled anglers – and much more. She said: “The other people nominated deserved it more than me. Watching those videos, they were so inspiring.”

Carer of the Year went to Lyn Young, a bridge builder at the Croftlands Trust in Barrow, where she helps adults with mental health issues and learning difficulties.

She was nominated by service user Stephen Turner and said: “I’d just like to thank Stephen for thinking of me in the way he has. You are the really special one and you’ve given me a lot of gifts with the time we’ve spent together.”

Teacher of the Year was awarded to Lisa Massicks. of Dowdales School. She has gone the extra mile for pupil Andrew Madden, who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in May 2011. Mrs Massicks said: “He’s an inspirational young man, not just for the young people, but also for the adults, and I wish he was here tonight.”

The Environmental Volunteer award was presented to the Junior Wardens, which had to fold recently due to council funding constraints.

Co-ordinator Andy High said: “There’s been so many people involved and made it possible – but it’s down to these fantastic kids.”

Ian Jones, health and fitness officer at Park Leisure Centre in Barrow, was named Sports Volunteer of the Year for his efforts with the hugely successful Walney Wind Cheetahs running group.

He said: “A big thank you to all the guys who run with the Walney Wind Cheetahs, because if they didn’t turn up, I’d be running around on my own like a saddo!”

The Courage Award was shared between Kerry Alexander, who has come through a heart transplant, and Ulverston couple Paul and Clare Coulston, who are fighting life-limiting conditions.

Mrs Alexander said: “I don’t really think I deserved it, but thank you.”

Mr Coulston, deputy headteacher at St George’s CE Primary School in Barrow, said: “I’m a bit gutted – I thought I was up for Teacher of the Year! One person’s courage is worth just as much as another person’s.

“I’m sure we wouldn’t want to be in Kerry’s position, and she wouldn’t want to be in ours.”

Group of the Year was presented to the Croftlands Trust. Janet Morgan, project manager, said: “I’m really proud of my team and really grateful to be nominated.”

Long-serving county councillor for Barrow, Anne Burns, was named the Ambassador of the Year. She said: “The town is amazing – it’s my home town where I was born and I’m very proud.”

Have your say

So many Wonderful people, so many deserving causes! Congratulations to everyone, Thank you Lyn Young & the Croftlands Trust for all your dedication,kindness & the Love,you offer so freely to so many, I am not alone when I say,Thank You All from the bottom of our hearts! Especially from those that have to suffer in silence, Congratulations X

Posted by Stephen Turner on 20 March 2013 at 09:13

Fantastic well done guys! We are so proud of you!

Posted by Mrs Grierson on 11 March 2013 at 14:55

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