Heart of Somerset Community Awards 2013
See our gallery of winners here.
DARING rescuers, worthy causes and inspiring individuals were honoured at the annual Heart of Somerset Community Awards yesterday afternoon.
Our glitzy awards ceremony was held at Wookey Hole in association with the Care UK Shepton Mallet NHS Treatment Centre and was to celebrate inspirational people in the communities we serve.
Hosted by veteran television presenter, Valerie Singleton, the categories included environmental champion, sporting heroes and Brave Heart hero and the judges spent hours deliberating the many nominations down to a the finalists.
The ceremony began with bucks fizz reception followed by a sumptuous two-course meal for all finalists and their guests.
Mid Somerset Series and Frome Standard editor, Bede MacGowan and commercial director Linn Hughes opened proceedings by welcoming the finalists and their guests and sponsors.
But what everyone had come to find out was who were the lucky winners of the prestigious awards.
Stories from the finalists proved heartwarming and inspirational as representatives from sponsors, Avalon Leisure, Avalon Coaches, Clarks Village, Mark Robbins, Sidcot School, West Mendip Federation and Care UK Shepton Mallet NHS Treatment Centre, were then given the honour of presenting the awards.
Miss Singleton told the audience: “The people gathered here today are truly, utterly and amazing people and I would like to say congratulations to them all.
“I have enormous admiration for them getting up and doing so much in the community.”
Mid Somerset Series managing director Sarah Pullen ended proceedings by thanking everyone for attending and thanking the sponsors for their support.
She said: “What an inspirational afternoon. All of you are fantastic role models for our generation and future generations to come.
“I would like to thank all the sponsors, and finally thank you to all our finalists for everything you have done and continue to for our county.”
See our gallery of winners here and check back from tomorrow for a who's who of faces and what they did to get their awards.