Pride Awards: We’re proud of them all

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THE Citizen held it’s fifth Pride Awards last Wednesday.

Below is a full list of the winners and those who were highly commended.

Congratulations to you all.

Child of Courage

Sponsored by Napoli Fish Bar

WINNER:

Chloe Baker

Chloe, 14, was born with cystic fibrosis and at 10-years-old her lungs began to fail. She had to spend six to seven months a year in and out of hospital requiring a ventilator and wheelchair bound.

She needed a double lung transplant, and was given only a 50 per cent chance of survival. But her operation was a success and she is doing her GCSEs and even learnt to ski.

HIGHLY COMMENDED:

Sinead Petworth

Sinead, just turned 18, suffered physical abuse in her childhood. She has asthma, anaemia, a weak bladder, neuritis, scoliosis, eczema and other allergies that make life very difficult physically and emotionally.

After being housebound for some time, and feeling all alone, she has now set up a charity to help people with long term conditions.

Nia Schell

Nia was born with a very rare heart defect and underwent two heart surgeries as an infant. In 2008 she was diagnosed with a rare type of leukaemia and had to endure gruelling chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant.

She is now 10 and after a relapse this year still has to spend time in isolation or in hospital, but despite this she has a great sense of humour and cares for other children around her.

Young Achiever

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WINNER

Teja Bapuram

Teja came to live in UK at the age of 14, with a great interest in public speaking and democracy.

He works voluntarily on many projects including anti-bullying. He volunteers at the hospital, provides assistance to head of maths at Royal Latin School and works with children with severe learning difficulties. He is also a member of UK Youth Parliament.

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Kimberlee Aldred

Kim is a 14-year-old Freestyle Kayaker who has been recognised and picked for the UK National Squad for Junior ladies under 18.

In October this year, she won the Under 18 GB Selection event. While she trains on open flat water here in MK, she loves competing on the fast white water.

Lewis Barnes

Lewis is an under 15’s shot putter, ranked number two in the country and first in Buckinghamshire.

He won the English Schools Championships in July this year, the English under 15 National Championships in Bedford and the South of England Under 15.

He also won bronze in discus and started to make his mark in the hammer as well.

The Safer Community Award

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WINNER:

District Judge Neil Hickman

District Judge Hickman, of Milton Keynes County Court, works tirelessly to ensure the court provides fairness and protection in the area of family law and domestic violence. He takes time out of his busy schedule to ensure he can preserve all he can of their dignity.

He has inspired people and the nomination said his actions and approachability have saved lives.

Best Arts/Sports/Community project

Sponsored by MK Dons

WINNER

Ride High

Ride High works with children that have been abused, bereaved, bullied or disadvantaged in some way. The children work with horses, understanding how much care and attention they need which in turn helps with their needs.

It is a place where they can learn feel safe and be given a purpose.

HIGHLY COMMENDED

StreetGames:MK

StreetGames:MK’s project, The Academy Amateur Boxing Club, was created when someone from Eaglestone recognised there was a lot of anti-social behaviour on the estate.

Taster sessions were created so youngsters could get together in a safe environment and be coached by good role models.

Service with a Smile

Sponsored by Amazing MK

WINNER

Linda Kehoe

Linda is the play leader for Stony Stratford’s childrens play area, and she has made it the place to be with her continued brilliant community service.

They offer after school clubs for children ages four to 14. She will drive the mini bus to collect children if they can’t make it and many have returned as volunteers in later years.

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Jayne Dunn

Jayne is a PE teacher at Lord Grey School and a netball coach at MK Netters where she teaches children from years two to six.

She has so much time for all the children and organises out of school events in all sorts of sports, not just ones she teaches.

Older Achiever

Sponsored by ExtraCare

WINNER

Ted Brown

Ted is over 80, but is a power lifting master, achieving seven world and over 28 British titles.

It all started in 1962 when he moved to Bletchley and he won his first competition in 1970. He is a national referee and he also MC’s when he’s not competing.

Following a triple bypass and a massive stomach haemorrhage in 1999, he still continues with his philosophy “Do what you can, while you can, as there will come a time when you can’t.”

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Neville Billington

Neville is the president/chairman of the Friends of Milton Keynes Hospital and community.

He works very hard for this charity, taking on board all sorts of different roles, from researching costs to erecting gazebos and his commitment seems to know no boundaries.

School of the Year

Sponsored by Textbook Creative

WINNER

Two Mile Ash

Two Mile Ash school has achieved outstanding status in all areas from Ofsted in its last three inspections. It is described as “A family working together, striving for excellence, progression and achievement at all levels and in all areas”

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Pepper Hill

This first school is in Bradville has seen some challenging times recently.

A change of headmaster has seen the school make great improvements and it was the first school to run a FAST programme, an American scheme which brings school. parents and children closer together.

Knowles Infant School

Knowles Infant School looks after children from the ages of four to seven years old in the heart of Bletchley.

With 50 per cent of the children being from ethnic minority, the school logo is “Everyone is different, everyone is Special” and they value the contributions and support from their diverse community.

Helping/Caring for others

Sponsored by Doubletree Hilton Hotel

WINNER

Barbara Reeves

Barbara was made redundant from P:3 last year and started CanDo:MK, a charity organisation that helps vulnerable people, those socially isolated and /or leading chaotic lives.

She is an amazing woman who refuses to be beaten and does unstinting work to make sure that her members are looked after and feel valued.

Best Volunteer

Sponsored by The Volunteer Centre, Milton Keynes

WINNER

Marie Osborne

Marie not only started the Wolverton Friends of the Park Group, which has run regular events in the park since 2007 and raised £50,000 for improvements to play facilities for the children.

She is a tireless volunteer who involves herself in so much of what goes on in the Wolverton community.

HIGHLY COMMENDED

NSPCC

This is the committee for the Milton Keynes half marathon which has grown from small beginnings in 1999 to an event that has attracted 1,700 registrations in 2010 and raised just short of £50,000 this year.

Judges Special Award

WINNER

Make a Difference

The People’s Choice

The overall award, The People’s Choice winner, that the public have voted for and sponsored by Costa.

WINNER:

Jayne Dunn