Do you know someone who deserves to be recognised for outstanding community engagement and personal achievement in the Bradley Stoke, Stoke Gifford, Little Stoke or Winterbourne areas?
Three local businesses, Willow Brook Centre, The Bradley Stoke Journal and DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Bristol North, have teamed up to launch the Stars of the Stokes awards, a set of community awards for the local area. The nominations closed on Sunday 23rd April. The awards evening will take place in June at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Bristol North.
Star Teacher (Sponsored by Dunkleys Chartered Accountants)
Do you know a teacher who works in the area and goes above and beyond what you would expect? Has your teacher made a huge difference to your life? Perhaps they are the best teacher youÃ¢ÂÂve met, loved by their students and producing great results.
Pre-School Carer of the Year (Sponsored by Almondsbury Garden Centre)
Can you see the difference your child minder or nanny makes to your childÃ¢ÂÂs development, or does your child have a favourite member of staff at their nursery or pre-school who brightens their day? Maybe your child carer ends up caring for the whole family, or has helped you with short notice cover during family emergencies over the last year.
Achievement Against the Odds
Do you know someone who achieves great things against the odds? Has someone you know overcome illness or disability to return to work, faced a battle to achieve something important to them, or achieved sporting prowess when told that they wouldnÃ¢ÂÂt be able to?
Do you know someone aged 18 or under who is a hero? Maybe they spend a lot of their free time volunteering, or have achieved great things in sport or have taken a hobby and become renowned for it. Maybe they care for their parents, mow the lawn for a neighbour, or have raised money for a cause that is close to them.
Carers, be they family, friends or professionals, are crucial to many families. Does someone you know provide care that is Ã¢ÂÂbeyond the normÃ¢ÂÂ? Have they changed lives or put their lives on hold to help and care for you?
Parent / Guardian in a Million (Sponsored by The Olympus Academy Trust)
Parents are great, but are yours better than most? What do parents you know do to make them a parent/guardian in a million? Do they collect your children from school every day so that you can work? Do they fight to make sure you have everything you need and deserve? Or maybe something happened in the last year that you couldnÃ¢ÂÂt have got through without their support.
Coach of the Year
Do you know someone who gives up their free time to coach others? Perhaps a youth football coach or a cycling coach. Maybe you know someone who works in sport but goes above and beyond what would be expected. Perhaps a teacher who runs out of school exercise clubs, or a personal trainer who has helped you achieve your goals in the last year.
Unsung Hero (Sponsored by Aztec Hotel)
Do you know someone who is great but no one knows? Maybe they give their lives to volunteering or have done the same job for many years. Maybe they run a local sports team, raise money for charity, or they are a hero to you and youÃ¢ÂÂd love them to receive some recognition.
2017 NOMINATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED
Achievement Against the Odds
My dad, Nigel has always had an underlying congenital heart problem. However, this didnÃ¢ÂÂt get in the way of him building his life, working, getting married & having two children. It wasnÃ¢ÂÂt until his 30s that his health declined and he needed major heart surgery and implementation of a defi brillator. After which he returned to work albeit to a less manual career. Then in his 40s heart failure began & he was diagnosed as terminally ill in need of a heart transplant. He was listed in the UK transplant list in 2008 and due to his poor health gave up working & regularly visited St Peters Hospice daytime respite. He built a strong link with the hospice & made many friends most of which have sadly now passed. Fortunately in 2009 a heart match was found and he underwent a life changing heart transplant. Since this operation although not a cure for all his underlying health conditions, caused by a lifetime of heart problems, he has obtained a relatively stable period of health.
In 2010 after recovery from surgery he decided he wanted to Ã¢ÂÂgive backÃ¢ÂÂ so volunteered at the St Peters Hospice. Towards the end of 2015 he obtained his 5 year service award and continues to be a hospice volunteer caring for the sick in their fi nal days. I believe he deserves recognition for his determination to get better, not giving up & helping the very charity that gave to him in his time of need. He does everything to the best of his ability although not yet feeling able to return to employment due to his remaining disabilities.
I am proud to call him my Dad and thankful to the donor and their family who are always in our thoughts. I also hope the donor would be proud of what he continually achieves in their absence.
Adam has put his life on hold to care for his wife, who is very sadly bedridden. He goes above and beyond in doing everything he can for her, whilst still helping others out whenever he can. Adam & Sharon have two children, Kayleigh & Michael, who have also been amazing. Their lives have changed so much in the last few years, going from having a Ã¢ÂÂnormalÃ¢ÂÂ family life to having to care for their mum. IÃ¢ÂÂd love to see Adam receive an award because I know it would mean a lot to the family. Adam is awesome!
Coach of the Year
Sheila & Alan Wilcox
Both Alan and Sheila set up the north Bristol running group purely to encourage as many new runners as possible in a fun friendly non judgemental group. I joined last April in the second of the successful beginners groups and now confidently compete in 10k runs. All ages and abilities are welcome. ItÃ¢ÂÂs an amazing inclusive group that has inspired so many to become more active. Sheila and Alan arrange and support the group every day all in their spare time whilst also having busy full time jobs. Money is raised to support our members individual charity races. They really are two of the most selfless people I have ever met.Ã¢ÂÂ
Parent / Guardian in a million
Nichola is one of the most considerate, kind, thoughtful and caring ladies IÃ¢ÂÂm lucky enough to know. I have known Nichola for over 10 years now, in the early days of our friendship, I learned that NicholaÃ¢ÂÂs sister, who is a mum of two children has a long term condition. This meant she needed a lot of support with the care of the children, Nichola was always Ã¢ÂÂbabysittingÃ¢ÂÂ for them, taking them places, supporting them with school, bringing them to holiday activities, she was and still is an extremely proactive Aunty!
Little did I know that the need for the childrenÃ¢ÂÂs care would soon become full time and Nichola took the amazing decision to be that person to care! The one who would be a consistent role model for them, to love, nurture and guide them. To give them safe and important boundaries, to build their confi dence and self-esteem, to empower them to become the beautiful people that they both are today, all whilst ensuring that they continued to have an extremely important relationship with their mum.
Nichola is happily married to her equally amazing husband James, together they made the decision that they would take on the full time care of the children. They always knew that this would be life changing, they didnÃ¢ÂÂt have children of their own at the time but were soon to become parents of three lovely boys over the coming years. Her niece and nephew however, were always made to feel a part of their family unit. It amazes me the level in which she went to ensure this. It takes a truly incredible person to do what Nichola has done over the years. I fi nd it hard to do her story justice as I really am in awe of her. Something that I always admired is that she has continued to be a consistent support network not only to her niece and nephew but also to the rest of her family members, including her unwell sister. She has juggled family life to ensure she attended meetings about the care of her sister as well as health and medical appointments
Pre-School Carer of the Year
She has done an amazing job as a pre-school carer and room manager at Play Pitch Pre-school and as a child minder to nurture and help the children in her care to develop. She is dedicated to outdoor learning and children learning through taking risks and play. My son adores her and always gets excited on a Tracy day.Ã¢ÂÂ
As a TA Katharine has a heart of gold, she is always there to off er advice and support when needed to both children and parents. She is an enormous help to everyone, sheÃ¢ÂÂs considerate to the needs of the children and all of the children love here. She will go the extra mile to alleviate worries of children and their parents. She is ambitious and has a caring attitude and desire to make a difference in a young childÃ¢ÂÂs life, sheÃ¢ÂÂs great!
Since losing her son Ryan (aged 14) to SMA (spinal muscular atrophy) in February 2010, Mary has worked tirelessly to raise vital funds for ChildrenÃ¢ÂÂs Hospice SW and the Jessie May Trust - 2 charities that helped her and Ryan. She has raised ÃÂ£45,000 in the last 6 years and is determined to hit ÃÂ£50k by the end of this year.
Despite her own personal heartbreak, Mary is passionate about supporting the childrenÃ¢ÂÂs hospice as they support other local families on very difficult and heart-wrenching journeys. Mary turns 50 on 3rd July this year and recognition of her efforts and achievements would be the best birthday present ever.
Claire is 16 years old and was diagnosed as Type 1 Insulin Dependant Diabetic when she was 8 - from day one of being diagnosed she has given her own injections. Last year Claire raised by herself ÃÂ£4,000 through car boots, selling gift wrap paper, cleaning, baby sitting, cat sitting, dog walking to go on a World Challenge trip to Malaysia and Borneo for a month with 11 other students. Whilst on the trip she experienced a community challenge of helping to make a ramp for a disabled lady, night watched turtles in a conservation project and trekked through the jungle all in immense heat and humidity which challenged her diabetic condition which she managed tremendously well.
Claire now goes to SGS College and has just applied to join a charity visit for 2 weeks to a dump site in the Philippines, she applied and was shortlisted for interview and provided a presentation and has just been advised she has been successful and will be undertaking the trip in June 2016.
Claire was selected by Boccia England to be a young official at the National Talent Camp at Loughborough University for 4 days in 2014 and invited back to the same event in 2015 but as a young Mentor.
Claire achieved excellent GCSE results at school and is now undertaking a BTEC course in Health and Social Care for 2 years. She is currently undertaking a placement once a week at a elderly persons home specialising in dementia. ClaireÃ¢ÂÂs career ambition is to be a childrenÃ¢ÂÂs nurse. Whilst undertaking all of these activities she also is a member of the SGS Sports Academy Netball Team as well as a team player for the Bradley Stoke Netball Team and works three evenings a week at RoweÃ¢ÂÂs veterinary hospital in Bradley Stoke to support the reception team. As a family we are incredibly proud of Claire, who shows that even with a chronic illness such as Type I insulin dependant diabetes, it doesnÃ¢ÂÂt stop you living life and having a positive impact on those around you.Ã¢ÂÂ
Tara Price and Ken Burrows
Sheila and Alan Wilcox