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The Local Heroes Awards 2015: A Look Back

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The Local Heroes Awards is a time to celebrate as a community, those who make a difference. We understand that people across the Duchy go the extra mile to help others in our community, many who are yet to realise what a difference they make. We are so proud to host Cornwall’s Local Heroes Awards, and if you haven’t yet nominated for 2016, find out how here.

Today, we thought we would share with you a few inspirational people who won last year’s awards.

Inspiration to Others Award: Jacqueline Heather


Jaqueline won the Inspiration To Others Award as she is a volunteer for the Expert Patient Programme. A place where people learn to cope with long term illness, giving up her time freely and showing huge compassion.


Child of Courage Achievement Award: Jordan Tonkin


Jordan won the Child of Courage Achievement Award. At two days old, Jordan was diagnosed with a syndrome which means he only has half a heart. Doctors told him he wouldn’t be able to ride a bike or go to school. Jordan proved them wrong.


Young Person Of The Year Award: Tamara Snell


Tamara continued with her gran’s dream to continue with a local support club for stroke victims. She does this while having a busy lifestyle, she still puts everyone first.


Emergency Services Award: Rob Hosking


Rob Hosking was recognised for his amazing work as a fire-fighter, keeping the people of Cornwall safe.


Cornish Coastal Rescue Award: Jason Hingley


Jason Hingley won the Cornish Coastal Rescue Award for helping to save a man from downing in the River Tamar last year.


Good Neighbour Award: Chris Davis


Chris is a popular milkman from Liskeard, and won the Good Neighbour Award for going above and beyond his duty.


Carer of The Year Award: Denise Billington


Denise won the Carer of The Year Award, for her commitment to the Noah Project, to help women who suffer from domestic violence.


Parent/Guardian Of The Year Award: Tracy Chapman


Tracy was nominated by her partner David for her dedication to her family – moving 250 miles to from Amersham to take on guardianship of her granddaughter – all despite suffering two strokes herself and being registered blind – requiring the use of a guide dog.


Environmental Award: Ado Shorland


Ado, the eco-warrior from Widemouth Bay won the Environmental Award for his amazing work organising hundreds of beach cleans through his Widemouth Task Force.


Sports Achievement Award: Kate Bridgen


Kate from Redruth, won the Sports Achievement Award for succeeding in pretty much any sport she tried.


Employer Of The Year Award: Angela Palin


Angela won the Employer of The Year Award and has been described as a phenomenal role model, going far and beyond her call of duty as a Head teacher.


Fundraiser Of The Year Award: Samuel Jennings


Samuel was 12 when he won this award, and was recognised for cycling from John O’Groats to Land’s End, raising over £19,000 which was shared between 3 charities.


Bravery Award: Petty Officer Russ Adams


During the height of the storms, the winner of our Bravery Award, a winchman from RNAS Culdrose, put his life on the line to save others not once – but SIX times.


Lifetime Achievement Award: PC Andy Hocking


In 2015 Falmouth was left devastated, mourning the loss of PC Andy Hocking.

Pirate FM received more than two hundred and fifty nominations for the man described as an ‘inspiration to neighbourhood policing.’


Do you know someone you could nominate for this year’s Local Heroes Awards? Nominate here.



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