THE BEST of Warwick district was celebrated in style.
The Touch FM Pride of Warwick District Awards were awarded at a glitzy ceremony at the Chesford Grange Hotel on Friday evening (July 4).
The evening also raised £3,000 for the charity Ben’s Journey through the Tree of Hope – see special Awards – to help young Ben Anker and other ill youngsters.
And main supporters Phillips 66 gave away £1,500 worth of fuel to mark 60 years of Jet – a Phillips 66 brand.
Pride of Warwick District Award winners were:
Small Business of the Year: Modern Homes – The business has seen year on year growth as well as winning numerous local and national awards. The company has also shown commitment to the local community.
Nominated – Fat Moomoo, Sketts Quality Events, Sweet as Cakes
Town Centre Business Initiative of the Year: Nash White Hairdressing – Judges thought the company oozed flair, and had a commitment to being different.
Nominated – Fat Moomoo, The Tilted Wig
Hospitality Business of the Year – The Rose and Crown – Judges liked the fact that the company used local suppliers. The company also invests heavily in its staff as well as showing commitment to the local community.
Nominated Fat Birds Café, The Spectacular Goat, Woodland Grange Meeting & Conference Venue
Team of the Year: Old Leamingtonians RFC, Rugby4Heros Festival Team – Judges felt Old Leamingtonians were a valued part of the local community and their goodwill and fund-raising was outstanding.
Nominated – Kenilworth Wardens Football Club, Onside Coaching Ltd
Customer Care Award: Chesca, Leamington and Warwick Glass – Judges selected two winners. Both Chesca and Warwick Glass demonstrated they always went the extra mile for their customers.
Nominated – June Clifford of Leyes Lane Express, and Woodland Grange Meeting and Conference Venue
Business Person of the Year: Helen Hesk of Melon Communications – Judges felt Helen demonstrated great tenacity after setting up her businesses following redundancy and liked the fact that her business helped other local companies.
Nominated Kelly Isles of Spangles, Sarah Law of Media Beard, Zoe Hill of The Salon, Leamington
Green Business of the Year: MaidGreen – Judges liked the fact MaidGreen had spotted a need in the market and in fulfilling this need, the company is also spreading good green practice among their customers.
Nominated – Woodland Grange Meeting and Conference Venue
Citizen of the Year: Jane Malone – Judges felt Jane was an outstanding example of good citizenship and played an important role in the local community.
Nominated – Daniel Browne, Francesca Anker
Educator of the Year: Heritage and Culture, Warwickshire – Judges liked the fact Heritage and Culture educated people about the local area and were impressed with the effort the organisation made to get out and about in the community.
Nominated – Katie Barnes of Simply Nails and Beauty, Mark Edwards of Warwickshire College
Carer of the Year: Push Projects – Judges felt the service provided by Push projects was outstanding and the service they were providing was vital and was saving lives.
Nominated Paul Ellis, Ridgeway Special School
Warwick District’s Pride Award: Daniel Browne – For his tireless work promoting a greater spirit of tolerance, respect and equality. Set up Warwickshire Pride festival recently staged for the second time in Leamington.
He is also the founder of Push Projects LGBTQ, a youth support charity
seeking to offer support and guidance to ensure all in the area recognise
themselves as valued members of the community.
Nominated – Kids Run Free, Old Leamingtonians RFC – Rugby4Heros Festival Team
Judges felt that the hard work and dedication from Daniel was simply outstanding and made him a clear winner of the Warwick District Pride Award.
Sketts Quality events – have been the driving force behind countless successful events across Warwickshire for over five decades, including regular markets held in Warwick, Kenilworth and Leamington town centres, together with seasonal events including Christmas markets.
Francesca Anker – for her courage in the face of adversity. In 2009 she received the wonderful news that she was expecting – but five months along, she learned that her unborn child had brain damage and was unlikely to survive. She was warned that continuing with the pregnancy could put her own life at risk and was urged by well meaning doctors not to proceed to term.
But she was determined to carry on despite an incredibly bleak prognosis and her son Benjamin was born in 2010, and just nine days later he was taken home. Despite initially defying the odds, Ben was rushed to hospital when he was one month old and diagnosed with a form of diabetes, and medical professionals realised his kidneys were not functioning properly.
By five months old, it became clear something was seriously wrong, and he was then diagnosed with a litany of conditions, including cerebral palsy and blindness.
Ben requires 24/7 care, uses a wheelchair and requires regular physio sessions and therapy. His mum will stop at nothing to help him, and she has been fund-raising in conjunction with charity The Tree Of Hope, to aid Ben with his development as well as raising funds to set up a Rest Stop which will cater for youngsters like her son.