2013 Winners – Roll of Honour
The 2013 award winners were announced at another fabulous evening with the inspirational Esther Rantzen, hosted by Steve Randall.
The evening reminded us that in our community we have many people we’re lucky to know. Their inspiring stories made us laugh, smile and cry. But mostly they made us proud.
“Andover is a very special place. You make me laugh. You make me cry. You make me applaud. Thank you.” said Esther.
Of the awards, she said “It’s absolutely brilliant. Each year I think it couldn’t be as good as last year and each year it is.”
Of the winners, she added “They’re of every age, all different professions, all different ways of giving and caring. They’re just brilliant.”
We’re proud they are all part of our community. Here are this year’s deserving award winners and highly commended certificate winners who make a difference to so many lives.
Contribution to Arts
Highly Commended – Sharon O’Leary
In 2005 Sharon asked anyone who was interested in putting on a concert to join her one Sunday afternoon. The first concert raised money to help people who had mental health problems.
And so Unity Theatre Group was formed. Since then the group has performed two concerts a year raising over £13,000. She has also directed the Passion Play performed on Andover High Street and co-written Christmas concerts at the Lights.
Winner – Julian King
Julian has supported and played for Test Valley Brass Band for 32 years.
Now as bandmaster not only does he organize all aspects for performances, he also arranges concerts in Andover and Warminster for members of Mencap and those who find it difficult to travel to concerts.
Young Persons Award
Highly Commended – Julia Pinnock
11 year old Julia was nominated for her bold decision to have her hair cut off and donate it to the Little Princess Trust to be made into wigs for children with cancer.
She raised over £300 in pledges within a week of her decision to have 16 inches cut off her hair.
Winner – Luis Wyatt
11 year old Luis’s love of entertainment, along with his beaming smile, has made hundreds of people feel very special. He’s helped out at get-togethers for older people and spent many hours supporting at MacMillan coffee mornings.
He helped raise funds for the British Red Cross through a school dance competition. He also hosts a community radio show at Winton Community Academy and as Carnival Prince in 2012 he never missed an engagement.
Highly Commended – Susan Cogan
Known as the ‘Raffle Queen’, Susan has gathered raffle prizes from businesses for Test Valley Mayor’s Charity events for the last five years as well as for other civic heads.
Along with other charities and events, the raffles she has organized has raised over £30,000.
Highly Commended – Jenny Gow
Jenny’s tireless work for charities led to a tandem sky dive to raise funds for Parkinson’s UK.
Despite being scared of heights, she completed the sky dive in memory of her mum who suffered from Parkinson’s disease and raised over £6,000.
Winner – Marina Caddy
During 15 years of organizing a wide variety of events, Marina has raised over £55,000 for national and local children based charities.
But still she’s not done yet. She’s currently considering what to organize next.
Highly Commended – Andover Maternity Unit
When babies are ready to be born, they have little regard for shift rotas. And shift finishing times did not stop three midwives returning to help with the delivery of a baby.
The consistent and dedicated approach of Andover’s Maternity Unity’s team makes it a unique and special place which expectant mums, and their families, feel very fortunate to have.
Highly Commended – Andover Minor Injuries Unit
Nurses at Andover Minor Injuries Unit often go beyond the call of duty to look after patients. Never blowing their own trumpet, they quietly go about their work to the benefit of all their patients.
The extra training they’ve done allows people in Andover to get medical help, every day of the year, without having to travel miles to Winchester or Basingstoke hospitals.
Winner – Jo Badby
As a dedicated nurse for 32 years (25 of them in Andover), Jo not only does all she can to help those in her care and their families, she finds time to fund raise for Willow Court and Friends of Andover Hospital too.
Jo also sits on various committees, helping lots of other organisations.
Highly Commended – Ray Alexander
Ray has been a dog trainer for 20 over 20 years, and often works with problem dogs that other trainers don’t want in their classes.
His phenomenal success in training these originally unruly animals has led to Azi, a dog who was advised to be put down, entering the British and European Flyball Championships.
Winners – Emma Jefferies and Paul Scicluna
When Emma was diagnosed with fibromyalgia she set up a support group for other sufferers.
As well as looking after their daughter, Paul is also full time carer to Emma. He assists Emma, motivating her and supporting her so that, although often bed bound Emma never fails to support the group.
Thanks to Emma, and Paul’s support, the Andover Fibromylagia and ME Chatterbook group is able to always provide a support network for sufferers.
Good Neighbour Award
Highly Commended – Stewart Durden
Being a full time carer for his mother does not stop Stewart from helping out elderly neighbours with their garden and friends when a crisis arises.
“Nothing is ever too much trouble”.
Highly Commended – David Wybrow
Impeccable customer service skills and a friendly persona led to over 300 wonderful comments about David on Facebook.
Customers said he always cheered them up and is a true inspiration to others.
Winner – Leslie Barry
Leslie, who runs the village shop in Enham Alamein also runs the neighbourhood watch and residents group. Nothing is too much trouble, she even delivered shopping to residents in the snow.
If there is an event to be organized you can count on Leslie being involved.
Winner – Wendy Davies
Wendy has inspired hundreds of school children and adults, along with community groups to help create a community woodland. After managing to help secure 44 acres of farm land to be converted to woodland to mark the Diamond Jubilee, Wendy went on to plan the part of the wood that would be managed by Andover Trees United.
In 2012 at the start of the 10 year project, school children helped to plant the first 1000 tree whips.
Highly Commended – Daniel Shrimpton
When his wife became ill in 2005 and later wheelchair dependent, Daniel took on the role of carer as well as looking after their four children, ensuring they didn’t miss out on clubs and activities.
Daniel also still finds time to help others when they need a hand.
Winner – Donna Appleton
Donna’s compassion and dedication for her patients continued even when one of her clients was admitted into hospital. Her client didn’t have any family or friends nearby, so Donna continued to visit him in hospital in her own time.
After her client (and now friend) died she arranged his funeral and researched his family so he was buried with his mother.
Award for Courage
Winner – Connor Bestford
At the age of 17 Connor collapsed and suffered a massive stroke.
For the last three years he has had to relearn to walk, talk, read and write again, undergoing intensive physiotherapy.
Due to Connor’s determination, courage and strength he was awarded the Robert Yule Cooking and Catering Award when he recently topped his class at Foxes Catering College.
Environment Champion Award
Winner – Catherine Savage
Catherine’s dedication to improving the environment involves litter picking, conservation surveys, nurturing bats back to fitness, as well as improving the River Anton.
Catherine not only plays a key role within TARCA (the River Anton Conservation Association) she has also secured a lottery grant of £23,000 to build the Riverside project in Goodworth Clatford.
Contribution to Sport
Highly Commended – Roy Turner
Roy has dedicated nearly 40 years to Andover Bowling Club, encouraging and supporting new members. He has been Club President on several occasions.
He also helps and supports visually impaired players to enjoy the sport, assisting in weekly matches and organizing an annual event.
Highly Commended – Andy Waite
Described as a father figure to Andover Rugby Club members Andy’s work has helped make the club a valued and integral part of every player’s life and the community. The setting up of the Testway 7s helped to give a purpose to Andover’s youngsters, giving them a place to go.
Andy has taken on various roles in the club and is presently Director of Rugby, first team coach and under 12s team coach.
Winner – Lesley Morgan
After 40 years of dedication to Andover Cricket Club, Lesley thoroughly deserved this tribute to her outstanding service. During those 40 years she had been club secretary, welfare officer, development officer, assisted the youth section and organized social events to fund raise for the club.
She has been first team scorer for 30 years, constantly travelling with the first team to home and away games. Lesley has been the heart of Andover Cricket Club.
Special Recognition Award
Winner – Jamie Ottaway
Jamie dedicated hours of his time to raise funds with the Royal British Legion Riders for the Army Benevolent Fund and Help of Heroes. He also raised funds for the Poppy Appeal and took injured Help the Heroes men and women out on his motorbike.
Since 21 year old Jamie was tragically killed in accident in May this year, people have been inspired to give to his favourite causes through his Facebook page.
Heart of Gold
Highly Commended – Josie Leach
Josie Leach took in and raised her three nephews when her sister sadly died. She has shown great determination to make life as fulfilling as possible for her son and nephews.
“She has constantly smiled through all the hard times and kept her son and nephews strong, even when one nephew also died. Josie is such an inspiration,” said her nomination.
Winner – Yvonne Nicholson
Yvonne’s willingness to always help and support charities and fundraising events, goes way beyond her hours as Community Manager at Asda..
She never wants recognition for things she does and always goes the extra mile.Yvonne is also known as the ‘hedgehog lady’, sharing her home with rescued hedgehogs during the cold winter months, before releasing them back into the wild.
Spirit of Andover
Highly Commended – Lotte Mackness
Lotte has been a volunteer with the Citizen’s Advice Bureau in Andover since 1985, giving over 9,000 hours of work supporting people in need.
Despite ill heath Lotte still pops into the office to support other CAB workers.
Highly Commended – Andover Carnival Committee
A group of 12 volunteers, who make up the Andover Carnival Committee, put on one of the largest free community events in Andover.
Not only do they organize a road procession, including floats, but also provide a great family fun day in Vigo Road Recreation Ground, which is very popular but takes many, many hours to arrange.
Winner – Peter Ponting
Peter’s willingness to help other people is reflected in the many areas Peter is involved with.
He is church handy man, mini bus driver and a person who helps out family, friends and neighbours.
For the last 10 years as part of Tools for Africa, Peter has often travelled miles to collect unwanted tools and sewing machines, which are sent out to Africa to help people work and support their families.
Peter says: “I feel I am here to help other people and while I can, I will.”