We had the honour of attending the Local Heroes Awards last Thursday evening supported by Silk 106.9 Eleven awards were presented at the prestigious gala ceremony at the Cottons Hotel & Spa to eleven worthy winners.
We were delighted this year to have sponsored ‘Neighbour of the Year’ awarded to Christina Poynton who went above and beyond helping out neighbour’s during the pandemic. Arranging food parcels for the elderly and vulnerable people of the Lache as well as organising a socially distanced bingo, that by doing this, raised money for a trip for the local children. She also raises money by doing football cards for various causes on the estate, just recently for Lache Primary School, contributing towards new football kits and now she’s raising money so all primary school children on the estate receive an Easter Egg!
Unfortunately, Christina couldn’t make the event due to illness, but we’d like to congratulate Christina and all of the remarkable, worthy winners, last night, who have gone above and beyond to make such a positive impact within their local community, it was truly an awe-inspiring evening!
✨Winner – Kelly Smith✨
We would also like to pay a special tribute to a truly inspirational person, Kelly Smith, winner of the ‘Pride of Cheshire Award’ – the ultimate award of the Local Heroes Event.
On June 13th 2020, at the young age of 31, Kelly sadly passed away following her long and courageous battle with Bowel Cancer. She was a remarkable mum to her son Finnley, daughter to her mum Mandy and step father Craig, sister to Jess and a friend to so many. Since her diagnosis in April 2017, Kelly shared her story to raise as much awareness as possible for Bowel Cancer and joined Bowel Cancer UK’s campaign ‘Never Too Young’ to raise awareness of the disease in the under 50s. She has appeared in pod casts, BBC Panorama, local and national news interviews, featured in a book and shared her story across social media to her 18,000 followers during the highs and lows of treatment and living with cancer.
We couldn’t think of a more deserving winner than Kelly, for her courage, for her bravery and for her sheer determination in raising the awareness of Bowel Cancer throughout her illness, a true inspiration! A true hero!