Your Heroes celebrated at our annual glittering awards ceremony
A GLITTERING awards ceremony paid tribute to our unsung heroes at Southport’s Ramada Plaza on January 30.
Amazing real-life tales of heroism and dedication from across Sefton and West Lancashire were relived at the annual prestigious Your Heroes Awards.
A total of 25 inspirational teams and individuals were championed at the event, sponsored by Trinity Mirror and the ScottishPower Foundation.
Award categories ranged from Young Hero, School of the Year, Sporting Hero, Team of the Year, Community Award, and Volunteer Person of the Year to Hero of Heroes.
This year’s Hero of Heroes went to Formby’s Anne Williams for her tireless fight and campaign for justice for the Hillsborough 96; her 15-year-son, Kevin, was among the victims.
Anne died of cancer in April last year, aged 62. Her daughter, Sara, told the Advertiser: “Many people, from all around Merseyside and beyond, encouraged her to carry on with the fight when it seemed like nothing was happening, which did help to keep her going. We miss her so much but it is a comfort to know that people finally realise now that she was right. She will never be forgotten.”
Anne's son, Michael, who is planning to run this year's Liverpool Half Marathon in her memory, added: “It was a really great evening, with many inspirational people being rightly honoured for how they have helped others.
“I don't think Mum ever realised how much of a positive impact she had on many people, especially the Hillsborough survivors, so it's wonderful that awards like this recognise her for that. I want to pay tribute to our uncle Danny as well, who, as usual, spoke beautifully on behalf of the family. Danny has been a rock for us all.”
Skelmersdale Advertiser editor Andrew Brown said that he “could not have asked to be involved in a better event” for his first public engagement since becoming editor.
He added: “It was a privilege to be able to share the room with such inspirational, selfless people. Our winners go out of their way to make our communities a better place for us all and they set a great example to all of us.
“We are proud to organise Your Heroes and look forward to seeing your nominations for next year's awards. I would like to say a huge thank you to Scottish Power, without whom this event would not be possible.”
Ann Loughrey, trustee and executive officer of the ScottishPower Foundation, said: “During the evening we heard some very moving and inspiring stories about the winners, and the ScottishPower Foundation is delighted to sponsor these awards which recognise the tireless work going on within the local community.”