Nantwich’s unsung heroes honoured

Delmar Press

Nantwich Mayor Andrew Martin recognised the work of the town’s unsung heroes in this year’s Salt Of The Earth Awards.

The awards winners were invited to a ceremony at the Civic Hall, where the Mayor was joined by Yvette Robinson of South Cheshire College, who sponsored the event.

Councillor Martin said: “Over the past two years as Mayor I have had the pleasure of meeting and working with some extraordinary people.

So many people in our community give so much to make the town what it is and this is a perfect way to acknowledge some of that hard work and dedication.

“I also have to extend my thanks and appreciation to each and every person, business and organisation that was nominated and to all the volunteers of the town.”

The Community Volunteer award was given to Dr Gill Appleton, who throughout her life has worked to care for and assist others.

Now in ‘retirement’ Gill can be found on the streets of Nantwich in the early hours in her Street Pastor capacity, she is leader of a mums and tots group, regularly co-ordinates events for the church and is a keen member of various different groups.

The Business Support award went to Nantwich printers Delmar Press.

The Mayor congratulated the company’s Michael Farr and Bryan Sharpe for its regular backing and sponsorship some of the major events in the town, without which many would struggle to continue.

Two nominees  stood out to the Mayor for the Young Volunteer Award.

The first, aged 16, was Grace Parke of Malbank School, is a trained anti-bullying ambassador and has been made a member of the national youth board for the Diana Award who led the national anti-bullying ambassador programme.

She has successfully secured funding to launch a pilot initiative to work with partner primary schools.

The second award went to Joanna Thompsett, 18 also from Malbank School, who has devoted her time to helping homeless people.

She is an active member at a shelter for the homeless where she spends time talking to those less fortunate and as well as serving up food, cleaning and any other activities that may arise.

The Supporting Children award went to Respect, a scheme run by Cheshire Fire Service to improve self-esteem and confidence in young people.

Youngsters between 13 and 16 who may be experiencing difficulties in engaging with their school or peers, take part in this 9 week course offering the chance to break down barriers between the community and young people.

Courses have been running on a regular basis in Nantwich for the last ten years.

The Outstanding Organisation award went to both Melody Makers and Nantwich In Bloom.

Melody Makers, led by Dorothy Relton, is a group of volunteers, completely self-sufficient, who sing at least twice a week to nursing homes, hospices and day care centres.

The Nantwich In Bloom group give up hours of voluntary time to make the town attractive and their hard work and efforts have earned the town numerous Britain in Bloom awards.

With some 14 nominations, breastfeeding support worker Victoria Hough, collected the Inspiration Award.

Victoria has the important role of helping mothers and families on their breastfeeding journey, one that can be extremely challenging, draining but immensely worthwhile.

The Mayor chose to present a Recognition Award to Pat Hough, president of Nantwich Players and also the Words and Music Festival.

The Mayor wanted to recognise the contribution of Pat to the town’s theatre, having been been president of Nantwich Players for over 37 years, with an involvement spanning much longer.

South Cheshire College’s Yvette Robinson said: “This was a wonderful evening and South Cheshire College was proud and honoured to be sponsors of the event.

“There are so many people in the area who do truly exceptional things for their community and are great role models.

“Everyone here has shown that they are more than worthy winners!”

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