Local heroes are honoured

Local heroes: Award winners with Clarets manager Sean Dyche.
Local heroes: Award winners with Clarets manager Sean Dyche.

Stories of bravery, courage and community spirit were told at 2BR’s 2014 Local Hero Awards.

Winners were treated to a glittering dinner at Turf Moor as guests - including Burnley manager Sean Dyche - celebrated the very best of East Lancashire and recognised our unsung heroes.

In a moving ceremony some of the biggest cheers of the night went to Liam Menmuir. Liam’s friend James Goodship tragically drowned after getting into difficulty at Lake Burwain in Foulridge. Since then he’s worked tirelessly to fund-raise for a memorial garden in honour of the 17 year old.

However it was Community Champion Margaret Unsworth who scooped the overall awards. Nominated by her daughter for her commitment to volunteering in Burnley Wood and making sure everyone in the community has someone they can rely on.

The Programme Controller at 2BR, Gemma Baron, paid tribute to all the winners. She said: “Once again we’ve heard some truly inspirational stories. Our winners have gone above and beyond for their community showing courage and bravery. We’ve been overwhelmed by the number of nominations this year and judging has been particularly hard.

“To know there are so many great people in our area, it makes you truly proud to be from East Lancashire”.

There was also an emotional moment when Lisa, the mum of Hayley Barker, picked up the “In memory award” in honour of her daughter. Hayley won two awards at the event in 2012 before sadly losing her battle against leukaemia exactly a year ago. Lisa is now working to make sure Hayley’s legacy lives on by helping other sick children do amazing things.

Other winners included Kelvyn Foley who saved his grandma’s life when she had a heart attack and Pete Goble who gives up his spare time to help Rossendale and Pendle Mountain Rescue.

Meanwhile Colne in Bloom was named as the Pride of Pendle.

Award Winners were: Fund-raiser of the Year: Supported by Belvoir Lettings. Winner: Liam Menmuir. Nominated by Pete and Melanie Goodship

In Memory of: Supported by Alderson and Horan funeral Services. Winner: Hayley Barker. Nominated by Joanne Turner

Carer of the Year: Supported by Specsavers. Winner Louise Boden. Nominated by Ashley Boden.

Community Champion: Supported by Housing Pendle. Winner Margaret Unsworth. Nominated by Karen Heseltine.

Bravery Award: Supported by Lakeview Nursery. Winner: Luke Drabble. Nominated by Denise Dixon.

Charity Worker: Supported by Taurus interiors Winner: Andy Simpson. Nominated by Mark Wakeman.

Public Service: Supported by Walker Farrimond Winner: Pete Goble. Nominated by Mark Wakeman.

Heart of Gold: Supported by Phoenix Handling. Winner: Carl Sutcliffe . Nominated by Dawn Lange.

Child of Courage: Supported by Kinderbear Nursery. Winner: Jessica Fay. Nominated by Laura Bell.

Good Neighbour: Supported by Calico Winner: Lesley Shutt. Nominated by Donna Kelly.

Young Person: Supported by Lomeshaye Village Day Nursery Winner: Kelvyn Foley Nominated by: Yvonne Foley.

Pride of Pendle: Supported by Farmhouse Biscuits. Winner: Colne in Bloom. Nominated by Sara Turner.

Overall winner: Margaret Unsworth.