Some of the city’s most caring, brave and deserving citizens were honoured at our annual Pride in MK awards ceremony last night (Friday).
People who have shown high levels of bravery, courage and those who constantly go the extra mile for others were among those recognised at an emotional ceremony, held at the Hilton Hotel in Kents Hill.
Musical theatre star Jon Moses hosted the evening and presented the awards with help from our sponsors including headline sponsor Stanair and Costa.
The annual awards night recognises the hard work, self-sacrifice and determination shown by the people of Milton Keynes, with eight awards celebrating their achievements over the last 12 months.
The following is a list of all our winners and finalists:
> Care in the Community, sponsored by Stanair Industrial Doors
Winner - Margaret and John Mann (ReUse MK) for helping hundreds of the less fortunate and supporting charities locally
Finalists: Terry and Julie Baines (Fishermead Residents’ Assocation); Corina Cleaver (Corina’s Mascot Hire); Miki Garratt (MK Cheerleading Academy).
> Service with a Smile, sponsored by Domino’s Pizza
Winner - Rob Harriman, for forging strong links with the community in central MK, patrolling the area and reporting and resolving issues
Finalists: Convergence College, Kathy Howard , Diane Roder
> Young Achiever of the Year- sponsored by Marshall Amplification
Winner - Connor and Fraser MacArthur, for completing an 80 mile- plus bike ride challenge they called Mini Ride for Willen and raising £3,000 for Willen Hospice
Finalists: Paige Barnes, Amy Jones , PUMPS app
> Excellence in Education, sponsored by University of Bedfordshire, University campus MK
Winner - Teresa Diamond, (Spirit Performing Arts), for offering great inspiration and opportunities to perform and develop life skills and providing discounted fees for low income families
Finalists: Bletchley Park Education Team, Miki Garratt, Steff Place .
> Fundraiser of the Year - sponsored by Costa
Winner: Corina Cleaver ( Corina’s Mascot Hire) for her time dedicated to organsing amazing discos for terminally ill children
Finalists: Clare Gale, Ronnie Goddard, Louise Prescott-Brann
> Outstanding Example of Bravery - sponsored by Safer MK and the Police Crime Commissioner, Thames Valley
Winners: Harry Banks, for smiling through the most traumatic ordeal in his young life when he was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma aged just six.
Emily’s Teens - Harry Stewart-Procter, David Clinch, Chelsea Hall, Garth Johnston and Brendan Williams for trying to save Emily Johnson’s life by pulling her out of the Blue Lagoon water area and performing CPR
Finalists: Joshua Cullip, Katie Giannetto , Amy Jones, Donna Munnoch, Rachael Parker.
> Unsung Hero/Heroine - sponsored by the MK Community Foundation
Winner: Bob Stones for his dedication as chairman of the Central MK Housing Association helping reduce crime in the area and tackling issues residents cannot deal with
Finalists: Edith Dunse, Teresa Diamond, Yvonne Galuszka, Kathy Howard, Diane Roder, Julia Rodwell , Sarah White.
> The People’s Choice Award - sponsored by Western Power Distribution, and voted for by readers of the Citizen.
Winner Ronnie Goddard
Finalists: Amy Jones, Bletchley Park Education Team, Bob Stones, Clare Gale. Connor and Fraser MacArthur, Convergence College, Corina Cleaver, Dianne Roder, Donna Munnoch
Edith Dunse, Emily’s Teens: Harry Stewart Procter, Chelsea Hall, David Clinch, Garth Johnston and Brendan Williams, Harry Banks, Joshua Cullip, Julia Rodwell, Kathy Howard
Katie Giannetto, Louise Prescott Brann, Margaret and John Mann REUSE MK, Miki Garratt
Paige Barnes, PUMPS App Inventors: James Thatcher, Raoul Vangerow and Juilen Hertz
Rachael Parker, Rob Harriman, Sarah White, Steffi Place, Teresa Diamond (Spirit Performing Arts), Terry and Julie Baines , Yvonne Galuszka.
Ronnie Goddard was nominated by Odette Mould and recognised for raising thousands of pounds for Harry’s Rainbow, a charity set up in memory of Harry Mould who died of brain stem damage aged just five. The charity helps bereaved children and families. Ronnie joined the Harry’s Rainbow Runners two years ago, caught the ‘running bug’ and has since run half marathons, full marathons and this year completed an MK to London 100k run in 14 and a half hours.
He said: “I’m shocked and amazed to win this award. The 100k run was tough, I had 17 blisters and lost six toenails but it was worth all the blood sweat and tears, it’s such a worthy cause.
“I was injured towards the end of run and advised to pull out but had to keep going. Finishing was the best feeling , with so many urging me on at the end. I don’t how I did but owe it all to my partner Sara Blackley.”