TV stars, sporting champions and Oscar-winners were among the VIPs who gathered to salute unsung individuals and groups who have helped transform people’s lives across North Staffordshire The 13th Our Heroes ceremony saw the likes of actress Rachel Shenton and comedian Nick Hancock present awards at Festival Park’s Moat House Hotel. Over the last 13 years The Sentinel has published more than 1,500 inspirational stories of people who have enriched the lives of others. Following a black-tie dinner, 29 awards were handed out during an Oscars-style ceremony, which was sponsored by Stoke-on-Trent City Council and hosted by The Sentinel’s Editor-in-Chief, Martin Tideswell, and TV presenter Wendy Turner-Webster. An audience of 265 people heard stories of unconditional love, daily struggles, selflessness and determination. Mr Tideswell said: “Having personally launched Our Heroes in 2006, I never cease to be astounded and humbled by the selflessness and bravery shown by … [Read more...] about Find out who won at Our Heroes Awards 2018
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Welcome to our coverage of the Our Heroes Awards 2018! For anyone who doesn't know, The Sentinel launched the Our Heroes Awards in 2006 and - over the last 13 years - has published more than 1,500 heartwarming, positive, uplifting stories about unsung heroes from across our patch. They are the glue that bind our communities together and we are extremely proud of them. Sponsored by Stoke-on-Trent City Council, Our Heroes recognises and rewards children of courage, community groups, charity champions, volunteers, carers, education stars and emergency services and NHS heroes. Tonight, awards finalists chosen by our independent panel of judges will be treated to a meal at the Moathouse Hotel, Festival Park, Stoke-on-Trent, followed by an award ceremony with lots of famous faces. Thanks for being with us. Like you, we are #localandproud … [Read more...] about LIVE: Our Heroes Awards 2018 as it happens….
When little Lewis Routledge died aged just two, mum Gayle felt there was a gap in the support network for bereaved parents. Lewis had been diagnosed with neuroblastoma in 2008. He underwent chemotherapy and an operation to remove a tumour – but the illness returned and he sadly died in 2010. One year later Gayle formed the A Child of Mine website and support group – and it was so successful it has now become a registered charity. Now the group has been nominated for a Sentinel Our Heroes award in the community group of the year category. Founder and operations manager Gayle, from Stafford, said: “I felt there was a gap in the care so I started the website and group in 2011. “It is now is a charity. We send packs to all of the children’s hospitals to be given to families when a child dies and then we support them from day one. Police to host event in bid to reunite stolen bikes with owners “We have even looked after a few families of terminally-ill … [Read more...] about Our Heroes: Mum recognised after setting up charity for bereaved parents
People with dementia are among the most vulnerable in the community – which is why one residential home goes the extra mile in caring for its residents. Marrow House, in Meir Hay, works to get people back in the comfort of their own home. Staff work tirelessly to help reintegrate those in their care back into the community. Barry Stockley, aged 53, of Stoke, says he is astonished by the support given to his 79-year-old mother Catherine Stockley. He said: “My mother went into Marrow House nine weeks ago. I was so impressed by how caring they are and how they have looked after mum. “The great work they do on a daily basis with the elderly needs to be recognised. All of the staff, including everyone behind the scenes like the cooks and cleaners, work so hard. “I cannot change my mum’s dementia but it has been made so much better by the team at Marrow House, who have been making sure she eats three times a day and does different activities. The staff make sure … [Read more...] about Our Heroes: Residential home goes extra mile with dementia care
PUBLISHED: 14:39 28 June 2018 Clare Butler Ruth Marley at the Ely Hero Awards 2018 held at The Maltings in Ely. Picture(s): HARRY RUTTER HARRY RUTTER Inspirational, hardworking, caring and loyal – just some of the words that were used to describe our award-winning heroes of 2018. The Ely Hero Award winner Ruth Marley (second from right) at the Ely Hero Awards 2018 held at The Maltings in Ely. Picture(s): HARRY RUTTER The most sought after gong of the evening – The Ely Hero Award - went to 44-year-old Ruth Marley, from Mepal, who runs the Re-Imagination recycling unit at Witchford. “Growing up in a military family and living in lots of countries during my life, I’ve never really belonged anywhere but tonight I felt an overwhelming sense of being where I am supposed to be and I can’t thank people enough for that,” she said. The Child of Achievement award saw all three inspirational children commended alongside a poignant standing ovation. … [Read more...] about Highlights from the Ely Hero Awards 2018