An inspiration to us all . . . tears and cheers at the Pride in Bath Awards
Inspirational people in Bath were recognised for their dedication and commitment to the community at an award ceremony last night.
More than 150 people attended the Pride in Bath Awards at the Assembly Rooms, which saw ordinary people recognised for the extraordinary things they do.
During the evening there were tears and cheers as a heartwarming film of each finalist in the eight categories was played, showing their caring, generous and selfless activities.
The awards, a joint initiative involving the Bath Chronicle and the BMI Bath Clinic, were presented by television presenter Valerie Singleton and acknowledged people who have made a difference in their community, or who have shown great bravery, compassion or commitment.
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The winners were:
Young Person of the Year - Daniel Kimmins. Daniel, 13, was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2006, and after a battle to walk and talk again and has joined forces with his friends to support the Stand Up To Cancer initiative.
Carer of the Year - Robert Rumming – Pain. Robert cares his wife Anna, who has a neuropathic disorder called trigeminal neuralgia, their seven-year-old twin boys who have autism and their four-year-old daughter who has spina bifida while working 16 hours a week, and doing all the housework.
Community Champion of the Year - Derek and Norma Stent. Derek and Norma have run the Guide Dogs charity branch in the city for more than 30 years, organised countless collections, shows and events, set up a temporary charity shop to boost funds, and looked after 43 guide dogs while they are being trained
Heroic Act of the Year - Gordon King. Without a thought for his own safety 89-year-old Gordon King confronted a pair of robbers with his walking stick after he saw them attack a security van driver outside the Lloyds TSB bank in Moorland Road.
Charity Fundraiser/Volunteer of the Year - Alan Phillips. The 70-year-old has run the Bath Half 14 times, and the London marathon eight times for charity, and when he suffered a serious break to his right leg in a car crash in 2003, he completed the events in a wheelchair and then by walking.
Environmental Hero of the Year - Richard Cox. Richard proposed the planting of the Primrose Hill Community Woodland and saw 20,045 trees and shrubs planted, he now maintains the wood, while also supporting Bath in Bloom, organising litter picks, and delivering Christmas trees to St Stephens church.
Public Sector Hero of the Year - Emma Leadbeater. PC Leadbeater tried in vain to save the life of a suicidal female who set herself alight on the forecourt of Sainsbury's petrol station by performing CPR on her, and when she passed away she stayed at the hospital to offer support to the family.
GP Practice of the Year shortlist - St Michael’s Surgery at Twerton. The practice was praised for its high standards of care, and is said to be warm and welcoming, with doctors never too busy to talk to patients about their problems.
Other sponsors of the awards were Sirona Health and Care, RV Care and the American Museum.