Jan 24 2013 by Joe Thomas, Ormskirk Advertiser
THE stage is set for the stars of our community to be celebrated at our annual Your Heroes Awards.
The glittering ceremony will highlight the incredible achievements made by inspirational figures across the area.
From lifesavers to those who dedicate their lives to helping others, Your Heroes is the award ceremony for those who achieved extraordinary feats.
Nominations poured into our office with readers highlighting those willing to go the extra mile to help others.
Among the nominees shortlisted for awards this year are a host of dedicated and inspirational personalities.
One of the candidates is Ann Dignham, who coaches at Litherland Sports Park with Southport Waterloo athletics club.
Ann was nominated by Maria Stanfield, who said: “She brings fun to the sport and always makes you laugh. She never asks for anything in return and also officiates at organised athletics events.”
Also nominated is Lorraine Gautrey, who set up the Ben Gautrey Foundation after the death of her son in 2011.
Last year Lorraine raised tens of thousands of pounds to help local amateur sports stars.
Amy Bresnahan, a waitress from Halsall, is another shortlisted candidate after her quick thinking saved the life of a two-year-old baby at Bella Italia in Southport, while Ormskirk hospital’s neo-natal team are also in the running for an award next Wednesday (January 30) at the Ramada in Southport.
They will be joined by inspirational volunteer Nicola Flynn from Crosby, who offers advice and support to couples going through the IVF process.
Skelmersdale Men-Aces football club will also be there. The disability football club’s nomination explained: “The Men-Aces deserve a massive pat on the back as it’s nice to be able to see some positive stories in the paper, and you can always spot a Men-Ace whether it be in Ormskirk, Burscough or Skem.”
Your Heroes is our special awards scheme, sponsored by ScottishPower, to reward all those people who go the extra mile for other people. Awards are up for grabs in a series of categories, open to all age groups.
Looking forward to the awards, group editor Andrew Edwards said: “The judges found the level of entrants outstanding and it goes to show what fantastic things people are doing in our communities.”