St Wulfram’s Church was filled with some of the kindest, most giving people in the Grantham community on Friday as the Journal held its sixth annual Grantham is Great Awards.
On arrival at the presentation evening, finalists and their guests tucked into festive baps and mulled wine, while church choristers sang Christmas carols.
Then the awards began, hosted by Journal group editor Mark Edwards.
It was a wonderful evening enjoyed by all, and although not every finalist could win a trophy, they and every other individual and organisation nominated are winners in our eyes.
Mr Edwards said: “There was a fantastic atmosphere and everyone certainly seemed to enjoy the evening.
“The Journal team is incredibly proud of these awards and the recognition they give to so many worthwhile causes and projects, not to mention the community heroes behind them.
“Thanks must go to our award sponsors, to Father Stuart Cradduck for allowing us to hold the event in the beautiful St Wulfram’s Church, and to every person who made a nomination.”
** Don’t miss the upcoming series of The Big Interview in the Journal, featuring Q&As with winners in this year’s awards.
Here are your 2015 community heroes:
** Service to Sport Award
Winner: Darren Bicknell
Runners-up: Bill Berridge and Abigail Staff
** Child Achiever Award
Winners: Poppy Little-Jones, Chelsey Darby, Ben Leonard, Steven Carter and Holly Needham.
** Youth Achiever Award
Winners: William Hawkes and Hayley Milne
** Super Senior Award
Winners: Richard and Eileen Kelham
Runners-up: Trevor Leeson and David and Ursula Brown
** Community Hero Award
Winners: Tom and Janet Baker
Runners-up: Katie Bennington, Rosemary and Francis Haw, and Sharon Evans
** Community Project of the Year
Winner: Grantham Rivercare
Runners-up: Newton the Easter Bunny and his gang, Grantham Lynx Swimming Club and Grantham Passage
** Emergency Services Award
Winners: Kiki Steel and Tim Nuttall
Runner-up: Ben Selby
** Compassion in Care Award
Winner: Carl Copus
Runners-up: Grantham Hospital staff
** Best School Star
Winner: Graham Burks
Runners-up Ken Shelbourn and Karen Burrows
** Service with a Smile Award
Winner: Kevin Young
Runners-up: Nicola Meadows, Raven Harmon and Debbie O’Keefe
** Local Hero Award
Winner: Ian Selby
Runners-up: Irvin Metcalf and Grantham Disabled Children Society