Tonight, some of the most wonderful people in Grantham have been recognised for what they do to help make the town fantastic.
They were celebrated at the Journal’s Grantham is Great Awards, held this year in the Grantham College Refectory.
Three finalists in 11 categories were invited to the event, having been nominated and then voted for by Journal readers. We received more than 2,500 votes in total.
Now the winners have been announced, we can finally tell you who won what!
Here are the winners in this year’s Grantham is Great Awards:
** The Service to Sport Award, sponsored by Cash Brokers, went to two nominees after they gained the same number of votes.
They are Joan Lincoln, Brian Hubbard and Mel Fulcher from the Grantham Life Saving Club, and Witham Wheeler Janet East.
Joan, Brian and Mel have been members of Grantham Life Saving Club for almost 40 years. They give up their own time to volunteer, and teach valuable skills to others.
Janet been a member of Witham Wheelers cycling club for over 30 years. She helps atevents and encourages members.
** Winner of the Child Achiever Category, sponsored by the National Trust, was Jessica Wade. She was diagnosed with bilateral Wilms’ tumour and has undergone intensive surgery and chemotherapy. This year Jessica and fellow Year 7 pupils raised money with a bake sale because she wanted to raise money to thank the ward at QMC for saving her life. Her nominator said “she is a true inspiration to all who know her”.
** Winner of the Youth Achiever Award, sponsored by sponsored by Viking Signs, was Callum Harden. Callum has achieved against all odds; he was diagnosed with a brain tumour, but this has not slowed him down and he achieved five C and above GCSE grades just eight weeks after brain surgery.
** Winner of the Super Senior Award, sponsored by McCarthy & Stone, is John Asher. John is a member of the Rotary club of Grantham Kesteven. He set up Trade Aid in 2007 to help communities blighted by natural disasters, civil wars and other turmoil, rebuild their own lives and communities. His nominator said “he is so generous”.
** Winners of the Community Hero Award, sponsored by Moy Park, are Kaz and Nic Smith, and Micky Stokes, from Grantham Disabled Children Society. They are rasing £20,000 to send families with a disabled child to Disneyland Paris in 2015.
** Winner of the Community Group of the Year Award, sponsored by South Kesteven District Council, is the Grantham Disabled Children Society, which supports families with disabled children. GDCS is a social activity club for disabled children and a place for parent/carers to meet and talk. GDCS is also a force for involvement and representation.
** Winner of the Emergency Services Award, sponsored by Hood Parkes & Co, is Pc Jane Ellis. She is the beat manager for Grantham Town Eeat, and has helped many vulnerable families. She even calls when off-duty to ensure residents are OK.
** Winner of the Compassion in Care Award, sponsored by the Grantham Journal, is Julie Salt. Julie is matron at Harrowby Lodge Nursing Home, and has dedicated her life to caring for elderly people. We received many tributes for Julie’s work and would like to share one of our favourites, which read: “I have never met such a kind and caring nurse – she is a true Florence Nightingale, totally dedicated to the job and so patient to staff and her patients.”
** Winners of the Best School Star Award, sponsored by ASDA, are staff at Huntingtower Community Primary Academy. The nomination praised them for the help they have given to a pupil with cerebral palsy, helping him to achieve well. The nominee said ”all the staff deserve an award”.
** Winner of the Service with a Smile Award, sponsored by Grantham Business Club, is Maurice Green. Maurice works at Grantham Railway Station where he meets, greets and helps passengers. One of his nominators said “he really deserves to win this award”.
** Winner of the Local Hero Award, sponsored by the Urban Hotel Grantham, is Lisa Nicholson. Lisa has been nominated for improving the lives of people with learning difficulties at the Celebration Active Care Club at The Meres Leisure Centre and making a huge difference to their lives.
Well done to not only the winners but all the finalists, and thank you for all you do to make Grantham a great place.