VIDEO: So much pride in Milton Keynes

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Big hearts and big laughs came together on Friday night, at the 2014 Pride In Milton Keynes Awards.

The awards, sponsored by Stanair and in association with Costa, recognise the achievements of special people within our area. The 2014 event saw a plethora of special people nominated, and comedian Bobby Davro acted as master of ceremonies to lead the celebrations.

The Care In The Community award, sponsored by Costa, went to Sarah Gates, whose public-sprited dedication has seen her bake countless cakes for others, while also organising community craft fairs, clubs, walks, and Christmas letter-writing events, and plenty more besides.

Denise Niel took home the Service With A Smile gong sponsored by Domino’s Pizza. Denise is a part of the MK Money Lifeline charity, and goes far beyond her contracted eight hours a week to be on hand at least four days a week.

Our Young Achiever Cameron Millar has fought meningitis twice in his life, and has gone above and beyond in his fundraising for the children’s ward at Milton Keynes Hospital. Thanks to our sponsors Marshall Amplification.

Maureen McColl took the Excellence In Education prize, sponsored by the University of Bedfordshire Milton Keynes campus. Maureen is CEO of MK-Snap, for her work creating over 21 creative and stimulating subjects for educating adults aged 16-plus with learning difficulties.

Safer MK sponsored our Making Milton Keynes Safer category, which went to Julie and Terry Baines. Together they run the Fishermead Residents’ Association, helping to keep the estate safe, clean and happy.

The Henry Allen Trust’s Team Henry were our Fundraisers Of The Year sponsored by Stanair. Mark and Dawn Allen set up the charity after their son Henry died last year, and have already raised over £20,000 to grant wishes to other poorly children.

Our Unsung Hero/Heroine was Alan Parsons, the prize being sponsored by the MK Community Foundation. Alan became involved with the charity Different Strokes MK after his wife died in 2011, organising, coordinating and fundraising.

And it was a double success for Joshua John Cullip, a young man who is battling a rare terminal illness called Niemann Pick. Despite countless operations Joshue has kept a smile on his face, getting involved with countless fundraising events, and even donating his presents to raffles and donating toys to Milton Keynes Hospital and Helen House Hospice. Joshua won both our Outstanding Example Of Bravey Award sponsored by the Thames Valley Police And Crime Commissioner, and the People’s Choice Award voted for by the public and sponsored by Western Power Distribution.

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