2014 Winners – Roll of Honour
The 2014 award winners were announced at another fabulous evening with the inspirational Esther Rantzen, hosted by Steve Randall.
Contribution to Arts
Winner – Louis Sellars
Louis regularly gives his time to bring live music to Andover. He has organised the Costa Acoustic night and has arranged music and bands for Armed Forces Day and Andover Carnival, helping to entertain the crowds and bring the events alive.
Young Persons Award
Winner – Rosie Rickards
Rosie has shown amazing courage since being diagnosed with a brain tumour. She has sung through her MRI scans and been an inspiration to other children on the ‘chemo’ ward.
Highly Commended – Ellie Shrimpton
Ellie has twice had her hair cut into a short bob to raise money for the special baby unit at Salisbury District Hospital and sent her hair to the Little Princess Trust to use in wigs for children who have lost their hair because of cancer treatment. She is also a young carer for her mum.
Good Neighbour Award
Winner – John Watts
John is always ready to help his neighbours. This includes putting bins away, helping with DIY tasks and taking rubbish to the recycling centre in his own car for those who can’t do it themselves.
Highly Commended – Linda Fox
Linda is a volunteer with Enham Trust and supports the disabled people who are clients. Rather than doing things for them, she sees her role as helping them, encouraging them, and supporting them to do things themselves.
Award for Courage
Winner – Peter Gladwin
Peter experienced four near death incidents in his life. His book “Out of the Ashes” has been translated into French and Polish. He visits prisons and young offenders throughout Europe encouraging other people who are struggling to change their lives.
Highly Commended – Janet Rolls
Janet was out in sun and freezing rain to collect prizes and sell raffle tickets to raise money for the Ark Cancer Centre, whilst undergoing cancer treatment herself. She raised over £7,000 in just eight weeks.
Winner – Andy Lavery
Andy is a personal trainer. He trains children to pensioners and people of all abilities. He has inspired hundreds of people that they are able to achieve, giving them a new goal and start to their lives.
Winner – Countess of Brecknock
The Countess of Brecknock team’s care and support for terminally ill patients goes way beyond the call of duty, in making sure patients do not lose their dignity, in what could be the last days of their lives. Nothing is too much trouble for them.
High Commended – Alan Gardiner Unit
The Alan Gardiner Unit help people who suffer with depression, anxiety and dementia. The staff go far beyond the job they’re paid to do and help people live better lives. “They enable people to live life as they used to “ said their nominator.
Winner – Susan Bushell
Susan’s help and support changed her nominee, who had struggled through five years of schooling. She helped the girl become a confident 11-year-old, who could do more than she ever thought possible.
Winner – Brian Critcher
Brian has raised thousands of pounds by running the garden centre at Andover War Memorial Hospital as a volunteer for many years.
Highly Commended – Lewis Noble
Lewis raised lots of money for Barnardo’s by completing a sky dive. He is planning to raise more by attempting the 3 Peaks Challenge.
Heart of Gold Award
Winner – Billy MacLeod
Billy set up the charity ‘Veterans in Action’ to help veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder. He is always at the end of a phone for all those who need help. He unselfishly devotes his time and energies to help veterans rebuild their lives.
Highly Commended – Team Anton (Anton Junior School Staff)
The whole staff of Anton Junior School, going beyond the call of duty, enabled a disabled pupil to be able to take part in every aspect of school life. They also helped to raise money for a new wheelchair, for the student.
Winner – Paul Johnson
For the last five years, Paul has helped raise funds and organise the Andover Armed Forces Day, making it bigger and better each year.
Highly Commended – Joe Bingham
Joe always thinks of others and helps wherever he can, doing collections for the Salvation Army, maintenance at the Salvation Citadel and daily looking after a neighbour.
Highly Commended – Adam Timby
Adam has been an amazing catalyst for community spirit on a new housing estate, helping out new residents as well as delivering the post.
Spirit of Andover Award
Winner – Denise Timms
Since retiring, Denise has been a volunteer driver for Neighbourcare, has set up a craft group and been a guide dog puppy boarder. She now spearheads fundraising for Guide Dogs and has raised over £169,000 to train 13 puppies.
Sue Sheppard Award
Winner – Malcolm Cambridge
From being homeless, addicted to alcohol and serving prison sentences, Malcolm has turned his life around thanks to the Dene Court Hostel. Malcolm has raised money for various charities, helped to improve the garden at Dene Court and his quick thinking of mouth to mouth resuscitation saved a fellow resident who was having a heart attack. His life has dramatically changed.
Highly Commended – Jack Harris
From being a drug addict, Jack turned his life around thanks to the Prince’s Trust. During the last three years, Jack’s life has dramatically changed. He is off drugs, is an operations manager for a local company and is attempting to make a career as a singer.