2012 Winners – Roll of Honour
Another amazing evening hosted this year by Steve Dancey, The Breeze Andover’s cheeky chappy breakfast presenter with, once again, the irrepressible Esther Rantzen making all the presentations and entertaining everyone.
Here are this year’s deserving Winners and Highly Commended ‘diamonds’ in the Andover community:
Contribution to Sport
Highly Commended – Martin Tobin
Martin has dedicated two decades to New Street Football Club, coaching, running teams and now Chairman of the club.
He also helps with the inclusive team the Club runs that enables people with physical and mental restrictions enjoy sport.
His work has helped hundreds of people enjoy sport.
WINNER – Shaun Rule
After 40 years of dedication to the Andover Rugby Football Club, Shaun thoroughly deserved this tribute to his outstanding service. During those 40 years he has played rugby at all levels and taken on roles as entertainments Officer, 100 Club Secretary and spent a year of his own time constructing the first clubhouse. Shaun made light of his award saying it was for the whole club.
Young Person’s Award
WINNER – Paul Kelling
16 year old Paul was nominated by his neighbour Barbara Taylor for being the only person to respond to her cries for help when her mother had a heart attack.
He was calm and did all the right things. Esther told the teenager “What you did was not panic, you showed courage. Well done”
Long Term Commitment Award
WINNER – George Fox
91 year old George Fox was a star. He was honoured for his 27 year commitment to Andover Age UK (formerly Age Concern). As a fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute, george used his expertise to start an insurance business for the charity, helping raise £1M. Esther asked George for his advice on a new project of hers! Talking about loneliness Esther thought a chat line for elderly people might be a good idea and George agreed.
Community Champion Category
Highly Commended – Vincent Delderfield
Vincent was nominated for his work in setting up the Silver Surfers Club in Andover, teaching the older generation and people with disabilities how to develop computer skills.
Around 800 people have already taken up the challenge.
WINNER – Mike Dunham
Reflecting the special memories of 2012, mike was nominated for his work as a games maker. Because of his 40 year association with Andover Athletics Club Mike was also chosen as a torch bearer in his own hometown of Andover. Esther commented: “Isn’t it fantastic? The dedication and the atmosphere the games makers created without being given any of the privileges.”
WINNER – Bernard Sutton
In addition to being a fantastic Neighbourhood Watch Warden Bernard, himself in his seventies, looks after his ageing mother at home.
He also organises street parties and supports vulnerable people in the community via cycle rides, swimming and badmington.
Fundraiser of the Year Award
Highly Commended – Nick Butt
Nick brought together hundreds of walkers to raise more than £13,000 for Naomi House and Help for Heroes.
The walkers covered 20 miles on their ‘House to House’ journey between the two charities. Join the walk in 2013 – it’s now an annual event.
WINNER – Jo Hopgood
Jo has worked for 20 years for Brave Hearts Children’s Charity and was nominated by it’s founder Ronald Bennett. Together they have raised thousands of pounds for local children and Jo has been a trustee since 1992.
Esther told her: “The voluntary sector wouldn’t exist without people like you who believe a particular cause is important.”
Spirit of Andover Award
WINNER – Mark Lazenby
A local hotelier, Mark is well known for his willingness to help others. He has been instrumental in the success of Andover Carnival, is involved in the Variety Club of Great Britain, organises wedding fayres at The Lights and next year is going to raise money for Macmillan by a Jordan trek.
Andover Vision’s Special Award
Give a Gift 2 Team
Using Facebook this group facilitates the exchange of unwanted goods to help local families and charities. Wayne McGregor heads up the team and was nominated by many people who have benefited from the scheme. The team have added online auctions to their fundraising methods, with good results.
Heart of Gold
WINNER – Maggie Bence
Maggie was nominated by Steve Blake who served in Afghanistan as part of the Combat Camera Team. He couldn’t praise Maggie enough for stepping in when his wife broke her leg during Steve’s posting, supported the family with loads of practical help.
Maggie shopped, cooked, kept up communication with Steve and looked after her own family at the same time… and they had only just met.
Mayor’s Award for Outstanding Contribution
The Andover Street Pastors
A team of 23 street pastors, volunteers from all denominations, were presented their award by a very impressed Esther Rantzen. They told her about the predicaments they come across during their evenings and nights on the streets of Andover just handing out advice, assistance, sympathy and moral support to a whole range of people in need.
Practical items such as lollipops to raise blood sugar, flip-flops for tired feet and water are their mini rescue kits and usually bring a smile. They were keen to say they carried out their work with the full support and cooperation of the police and local authorities.