Ulverston honours selfless heroes who are pride of the community
Last updated at 16:31, Monday, 28 October 2013
A DEDICATED Scout leader, a committed mum and an inspirational young carer were among those recognised last night at a glamorous ceremony to celebrate the very best of Ulverston.
The great and the good gathered at the Coronation Hall for the inaugural Heart of Ulverston awards.
The event, organised by the Evening Mail, sponsored by Ulverston Victoria High School and supported by GSK, Siemens and Furness College honoured the selfless and courageous people who help make Ulverston special.
Local estate agent Ralph Spours was compère for the evening and later summed it up, saying: “It was spot on. Tickerty boo.”
Bryan Caine, of Swarthmoor, was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his decades of work as a volunteer with the Scout movement.
Citizen of the Year went to Gillian Benjamin of the Ulverston Town Band whose tireless efforts have helped keep the brass collective going strong and playing at a wide variety of public events.
Fellow horn enthusiast Jess Gillam was declared the Young Citizen of the Year.
And the musical theme continued as Ulverston Victoria High School’s Richard Butler was given the nod in the Teacher of the Year category for inspiring the next generation to take up a musical instrument.
Parent of the Year went to super-mum Elizabeth Samson who combines community work with looking after teenage daughter Hannah who suffers from the rare genetic disorder neurofibromatosis.
The Carer of the Year category was too close to call, with the judges opting to split the award between professional carer Pam Livermore and 10-year-old Madeline Barker who looks after her mum Kimberly.
The Courage Award presented a similar challenge with the panel unable to decide between Sophie Crook, James Porter and Paul and Clare Coulston. All three took to the stage, with the Coulstons – who both have life-limiting illnesses – bravely speaking about their battles.
Peter Barton of Forge Europa walked away with the Enterprise Award and football coach Richard “Tommy” Tomsett netted the Sports Volunteer of the Year Award.
Eco-campaigner Paul Saleh, 28, received the Environmental Award while the team from Ford Park were declared Community Group of the Year.
All of the winners received a hand-crafted trophy courtesy of Ulverston-based Cumbria Crystal as a permanent reminder of the evening.
l See Monday’s Evening mail for a two page awards night picture special.
First published at 17:27, Sunday, 27 October 2013
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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Congratulations to Bryan Caine for earning this award.
Bryan was my Scout leader in the early Seventies! He was full of energy, an inspiration â certainly a significant part of my upbringing, which has kept me on the straight and narrow ever since.
1) On an early camping trip he kept insisting that at some point I would have to eat prunes â which at that time was nearly as bad as asking me to eat sprouts â until I realised he had already found out from my mother that was never going to happen. (in the last 35 years I have realised that prunes are nowhere near as bad as sprouts â but I still donât eat them!)2) He âinspired meâ a few times to join him on âThe Masters Hikeâ. This was a 45 mile hike around some communication masts near Huddersfield. The hike had to be completed with full kit, including rucksack with camping gear â the lot, but most of the 15 hours it took seemed to be spent clambering in and out of peat bogs! I would like to say that the experience made a man of me, but looking back Iâm not sure. What it definitely did do, was teach me to keep clear of peat bogs â a rule I have followed ever since! I moved away for work 35 years ago, and since then have sadly only seen Bryan at the odd funeral! So it was great to see Bryanâs picture again, and amazing to hear he is still doing what he does so well. Amazing energy and commitment â well done top man!