Our area’s unsung heroes gathered at the Riverhead Theatre on Friday evening for the annual ‘Leader Champions Community Awards’ ceremony.
A wide array of awards were up for grabs, including parent of the year, senior achiever, sporting hero, music and arts, excellence in education, voluntary organisation of the year and brave heart hero.
There was also the Overall Leader Champion award, which went to this year’s senior achiever award winner, Pam Elliott, who has worked tirelessly with the Louth Rainbows and Brownies for over 20 years.
Upon receiving the award, Pam said: “To find out I had won not one award but two was a shock, but a real pleasant surprise. Working with these children definitely keeps me young, but receiving these awards makes it all worth while.”
Other award winners included charity fundraiser Tess Turner (adult achiever of the year), who said: “I am really proud to be nominated, and even more proud to have won. It’s lovely and I can’t believe it.”
Hope House in Mablethorpe (voluntary/charity organisation of the year) was represented by Lisa Collins and Judy Collins who said: “We feel shocked to have won. It’s really nice to be recognised for the voluntary work that we do, working with all age groups and helping lots of people who are marginalised in society.”
This year’s sporting hero, young kart racer Lucas Vaus, said: “It’s a really great feeling to win, and it’s always hard when you’re up against someone at a high level. Thank you to everyone who voted for me, to my mum and dad as it wouldn’t be possible without them, and to my sponsors Louth Tyre Service and Seymour & Castle.”
Angela Jesney, practice manager at Newmarket Medical Practice, won the award for businessperson of the year and said: “I didn’t expect to win at all. I feel very honoured, but we wouldn’t have got the award without my staff and surgery team.”
The Brave Heart Hero award went to Sarah Dawson, who - along with runner up Deborah Clark - helped to deliver her cousin Michelle Tolerton’s baby after she suddenly went into labour at home.
Sarah insisted Deborah should share the award with her, and said: “We did what needed doing, and listened to the emergency services on the phone. Michelle now has a beautiful little girl to show for it.”
The child of the year award went to Sutton-on-Sea teenager Rhiannah Burrows who suffers from Crohn’s disease and has had many operations throughout her life, yet bravely takes everything in her stride. Rhiannah said: “I am shocked to win, I didn’t think that I would.”
The music and performing arts award went to pianist and singer Cameron Richardson-Eames.
Cameron said: “I am absolutely delighted to have won the award.
“I’m very grateful for the people of Louth for the support they have given me while I have been developing as a musician.”
The excellence in education award was presented to Yvonne Howman, staff member at the Louth site of Monks’ Dyke Tennyson College. Yvonne said: “I am totally honoured to have won, I really didn’t expect it and I am flattered.”
The uncontested parent of the year award was presented to Lianne Havell from Sutton on Sea, who was nominated by her son Jordan. Lianne said: “It feels terrific to win. I didn’t expect to win because you never know, but now it feels real. Thank you.”
The Louth Leader would like to thank Louis Moulding for performing a selection of songs on the piano during the interval, and many thanks go to all of the nominees and award winners for attending the event.
Many thanks also go to our headline sponsor, Specsavers, and to our event sponsors at the new SPAR store on Fairfield Industrial Estate.