Twelve heroes in caring, coaching, volunteering and overcoming adversity where honoured at the inaugural South Holland Health Awards in Spalding.
Young carers, people giving up their own time to make others lives better, dedicated sports and fitness coaches, as well as three remarkable young people who have overcome life-changing odds, were recognised for their contribution to the South Holland community and beyond on Saturday.
The awards, organised by Tonic Health of Spalding, in association with NHS South Lincolnshire CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group), South Holland District Council, the Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian, were the first of their kind for the area.
Readers of the Free Press and Guardian, along with schools, health trusts, charities and other organisations, were invited to nominate people deserving of one of four awards sponsored by Calthrops Solicitors, South Holland District Council, Bulley Davey Chartered Certified Accountants and Lincolnshire Sport.
The Young Carer of the Year Award trophy and certificate were presented by Craig Delaney of Calthrops Solicitors to Tia White (10) of Spalding, who attends St John the Baptist Primary School in the town while helping to care for her father Jake White who suffers from locked-in syndrome.
Mr Delaney also presented certificates to Young Carer of the Year Award nominees Taylor Hills (12) of Spalding and Tiegan Butcher (13) who attends Peele Community College, Long Sutton.
Taylor, a student at Sir John Gleed School, Spalding, cares for his mum Vanessa who has suffered with depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, while Tiegan is an ambassador for her school’s Young Carers group.
Meanwhile, welfare benefits adviser Suzanne Willis (52) received the Volunteer in Healthcare Award from Coun Christine Lawton of South Holland District Council.
Suzanne, who was nominated for her work with Walking for Health scheme, said: “It’s a real team effort which makes people feel confident and gives them self-esteem.
Nominated alongside Suzanne were Jo Esdale of Essential Well-Being, Spalding, and Spalding Grammar School student Jack Wakefield who volunteers with dementia patients in Spalding.
Lara Quinn (9) of Holbeach Hurn was presented with Bravery in the Face of Adversity Award after raising about £460 for Epilepsy Action UK through hosting a Wear Purple coffee morning for the charity.
James Gibson of Bulley Davey presented Lara with her trophy and certificate before giving other nominees Courtney Webster (10) of Gosberton, who has a rare form of bone cancer, and heart surgery survivor Chantilly Milverton (20) of Boston with their certificates.
The Services to Sport/Exercise Award went to Spalding Hockey Club junior coach Andy Barlow, accepted on his behalf from Janet Inman of Lincolnshire Sport by club chairman Fred Morris.
The other nominees who received certificates were John Birch of Spalding Cricket Club and Tracey Vowels of The Fitness Company, Spalding.