MP celebrates local heroes at virtual ceremony

ANDREW Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, has held a virtual ceremony to present some of his Citizen’s Awards.

Mr Gwynne launched the awards earlier this year to recognise the efforts of local heroes who have gone above and beyond for the people in their communities in the Denton and Reddish constituency.

Hundreds of nominations have been submitted from across the constituency and Mr Gwynne has presented a number of the awards in a socially distanced manner over the past few months.

With a fresh lockdown, a virtual ceremony was organised so that Gwynne could give each of the winners’ recognition for the efforts that they have gone to in order to help others.

These efforts included local people helping others both during the pandemic and more broadly, and included fundraisers, key workers, community helpers and more.

Mr Gwynne said: “One of the best things about being an MP is finding out about all the brilliant things that your constituents do and we’re incredibly lucky to have so many selfless and community-minded people living here.

“While I would have liked to have met all of the winners in person to present them with their awards, the pandemic has made this very difficult and I feel that this virtual event was a great way of celebrating and recognising their hard work.

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“It was an absolute pleasure to spend my Saturday morning in the company of so many hardworking, dedicated and selfless local people. All of these awards were thoroughly deserved and I’d like to thank each and every one of the winners for the things that they do for the wider community.”

Here is a full list of award winners recognised at the ceremony (although not all were able to attend):

Aaron Clayton For fundraising activities with Infinity United raising money for a mental health charity and Ronald McDonald House
Andy Hughes Led free online workout sessions during lockdown to help people with their physical and mental well-being
Barbara Rathmill Support a shielding local family, who have children with additional needs, throughout the pandemic.
Brooke Healey Ran 100km in four weeks raising an amazing £2000 for St John’s Ambulance
Carl Shaw Raised a huge amount of money for charity as Haughton Green Spidey during lockdown and cheering up children
Caron and Steve Wright For making and delivering food for the hospital and making face mask adapters for key workers
Cathy Newton Arranges community events and works tirelessly particularly for the over-50s to combat loneliness
Cheryl Doyle Works as a nurse at Tameside Hospital caring for patients with Covid-19 and made the sacrifice of separation from her family to reduce the risk of transmission
Claire Horiansky Facilitated a magnificent donation through Kind Snacks of 10,000 protein bars, which she then delivered to local hospitals, fire stations, the police and other front line workers
Colette Holt Helped to distribute food parcels to vulnerable members of our community during the pandemic and for sourced face masks for front line workers.
Conor Hand and

Rory Hand

Two boys who have raised over £505 for Tameside Hospital and Marie Curie through a 150-mile sponsored walk around Tameside and a Swimathon
Debbie Millen Has provided care of children of keyworkers and helped elderly and vulnerable families in the community
Deborah Hewitt Works in residential care homes caring for residents with Covid-19 in challenging conditions
Dickson Enenche A nurse working at the hospital throughout the pandemic taking care of patients with Covid-19.
Eliza-Rose Leevy Undertook a back handspring challenge during which she raised an amazing £528 for Tameside Hospital
Emma Ainscough Looked after family, friends and neighbours as well as raising a huge amount of money for NHS charities and cheering up countless children as ‘Wonder Woman’
Emma Hope Kept up the spirits of local residents dressed as Mary Poppins throughout a difficult personal time for herself as a new mum
Emma Maher Throughout the pandemic has helped vulnerable people in the community with essentials such as food, gas and electricity
Evie Lambert For making and selling loom bands to raise money for Manchester Children’s Hospital.
Jade Rimmer Supported vulnerable residents with deliveries of food and prescriptions
Jason Baird and

Andrew Baldock

For entertaining and bringing joy to children and adults alike with Superhero visits around the local area and for raising a huge amount of money for the NHS
Dr John Gunn For going the extra mile to help local owners and their pets get the treatment they needed in a safe way in often difficult circumstances
Josh Gaskell and

Phil Waddington

For year-round community work through All Saints Church and for providing food to families in need throughout the pandemic
Kelly Havern Nurse who worked on the intensive care unit caring for patients with Covid-19 and made the sacrifice of separation from her family to reduce the risk of transmission
Lauren Downey Donated PPE to Willow Wood Hospice when she was unable to provide beauty treatments and for raising money for the Hospice.  This is also while working full-time at The Christie
Matthew Allott Works as a volunteer controller for Blood Bikes Manchester and during lockdown volunteered with the North West Ambulance Service while his paramedic training was suspended
Megan Bowers Raised money for local organisations and provided care packages for elderly neighbours while furloughed
Nicola McCormack

and Richard Manniex

For supporting the local community through Christ Church Denton, including delivering food during the pandemic and helping at St Mary’s Food Bank.
Paul Maher For sourcing and distributing over 200 mobile phones to vulnerable young adults
Peter Lockwood For shipping and delivering other essentials to vulnerable people
Rae Hewitt For consistently supporting the community
Rebecca Woodworth For her tireless work at Tameside Hospital as a Sister caring for patients in the ITU throughout the pandemic
Sarah Haddow Provided food for colleagues at St Mary’s Hospital.  She is a theatre nurse, who had to shield as a result of her own health needs and decided to raise money and encourage businesses to donate food so that frontline workers could have homecooked meals during their long shifts
Sarah Hitchcock Manager at Thorncliffe Grange Care Home.  Has worked tirelessly to keep staff and residents safe and has helped families to keep in touch through Facetime, photos and video messaging
Shay Connolly For raising funds for Denton West End Community Library and visiting elderly residents at Wilton Court to cheer them up
Shelley Johnson Worked to help people keep active and keep in touch throughout the pandemic through Zumba and yoga classes and social media support groups
Stephanie Hirst Runs St Mary’s Foodbank with a team of volunteers and has helped feed hundreds of families through the pandemic
Stephen Day For bringing the community together during the Clap for Carers and helping people enjoy a socially-distanced VE Day
Zoe McClean Volunteers for the Dane Bank Covid-19 Mutual Aid Group supporting vulnerable people in the community
Tommy Parker Toured the area with a Halloween bus as children couldn’t trick or treat this year and for collecting and donating to local people who are struggling.  Christmas events also planned
James Shone Local postman who always goes the extra mile to help those on his round
Bernard Keenan Litter picks around Jet Amber Fields to keep the area looking good
Stuart Clements Undertook visits around the local area raising a huge amount of money for the NHS
Alan Pritt Produces an amazing garden display, which puts a smile on everyone’s face
Colin and Irene Pilkington When Dane Bank Gardening Society was unable to open they delivered compost and gardening items to people’s homes so they could continue to keep their gardens nice throughout the pandemic

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