Tonight's the night, the Proud of Barnsley Awards are taking place. Get ready for a night of glitz and glam and stay tuned here for the winners as they are announced.
The Proud of Barnsley Special Award This award is presented to someone who has gone on to do great things in Barnsley
WINNER BARRY MURPHY
Triumph Over Adversity - the nominees are:Johnny Wood – Johnny is the brother of Jackie Wileman, who was killed when hit by a stolen lorry. He has been campaigning for tougher sentences for those who cause death by dangerous driving, more funding to police forces and a tightening of probation rules.
Ellie Simon – Ellie is a young woman who overcame her eating disorder to work towards becoming a personal trainer.
Chris Schofield – A former cricketer now turned cricket coach, Chris fell from a town-centre roof in 2003 and nearly died. He has completed three ‘iron man’ challenges for a charity that supports people who have brain injuries.
AND THE WINNER IS... Johnny Wood
Charity Fundraiser - the nominees are:Roger Cousins – Roger has run marathons for various charities and has raised thousands over the years. Over the years, Roger has run for a number of different charities including Asthma UK, Bluebell Wood and Sheffield Children’s Hospital, but this is the third time he has run for the British Heart Foundation. When Roger was 37 he underwent heart bypass surgery and has since done his bit to support the British Heart Foundation. He is also a Zumba instructor.
Bethany Robinson – Bethany was diagnosed with aggressive form of cancer (Hodgkin lymphoma) and could not go on her dream holiday to Australia but has been raising funds for Shine Cancer Support.
Frances Tighe – Frances Tighe’s son, Lewis, was only seven years old when he sustained burns over 25 per cent of his body which required skin grafts. He was playing with a lighter when his pyjama top caught fire and he burned not only himself, but his parents’ bedroom. Lewis was in and out of hospital between 2008 and 2009 when the family were sent on an all-expenses-paid holiday to Cumbria, courtesy of the charity My Burns Club Pinderfields. Frances completed a skydive to raise money for My Burns Club.
AND THE WINNER IS... Roger Cousins
Community Group - the nominees are:Barry Hines Memorial Group – The group funded and commissioned the life-size statue of Billy Casper and his kestrel which was unveiled this year.
Our Place – Our Place is a group for adults from the ages of 18 and above who have learning difficulties. It provides a safe space for its members to socialise and many have grown in confidence over the years. Some members have been going to Our Place for 20 years and the group was re-branded by staff members of a former service that shut down.
We Can Survive Singers – The group is run by Cheryl Roberts and is for people battling cancer or who have survived cancer.
AND THE WINNER IS... We Can Survive Singers
Hospital Hero - the nominees are:Ward 30 at Barnsley Hospital – The ward successful helped to organise a wedding for Jayne Nuttall – who had advanced metastatic breast cancer – and wanted to get married before she died. She married her partner Kim and died a few weeks after her wedding.
Yasmeen Akhtar – Yasmeen is a mental health midwife who supports women before and after they give birth by holding a variety of workshops and sessions.
The Resus Unit at Barnsley Hospital – The unit gave widower John Goodfellow the chance to say goodbye to his wife Dorothy before she died, after she collapsed from a heart attack. He was so grateful to the unit he raised funds afterwards.
AND THE WINNER IS... The Resus Unit at Barnsley Hospital
Community Hero - the nominees are:ayne Allott – Jayne raised money for two defibrillators to be installed in Hoyland in memory of her husband Phil, who suffered a cardiac arrest. It took 20 minutes for a defibrillator to reach him and he died afterwards, but Jayne decided to fundraise for more defibrillators in the town.
Madge Busby – Madge is 81 and does a lot of work for the Athersley community, including running the TARA office every Thursday, solving housing problems and going to every crime and safety meeting and ward alliance meeting. She is also part of the ward alliance.
Dean Sanderson – Dean did the London Marathon, Yorkshire Three Peaks and Tough Mudder Yorkshire to raise funds for Dearne and District FC.
AND THE WINNER IS... Madge Busby
Charity Group of the Year - the nominees are:The Lily Grace Cunliffe Foundation – This charity was set up in memory of Lily Grace Cunliffe, who died in April 2013 of a brain tumour, aged three. The charity aims to give families lasting memories with their ill children.
No Limits Disability Festival Steering Group – The group is a committee of disability activists who are planning to hold a festival called No Limits Disability in 2020. The festival will be held in the town and across the borough and aims to celebrate people who have disabilities and what they bring to the community.
Barnsley Blind and Partially Sighted – The charity has been running for 32 years and provides care and support to people with visual impairments from across the borough.
AND THE WINNER IS... The Lily Grace Cunliffe Foundation
Charity Fundraising Team - the nominees are:Tom Wilkinson, Angie the dog and friends – Tom is an experienced walker and has done a sponsored walk for charity each year for the past three years after the hospice cared for his neighbour. This year he took his beloved pooch Angie and his friends along with him.
Gavin Coles and Steve Gilbert – The duo – called Little and Large – did a 12-month challenge including a 25- hour walk and walked the boundary of Barnsley to raise funds for Barnsley Hospice. They raised £25,000 in total. They also help others host charity events and are always training for their next event.
Mykal Porter Charity – The charity was set up in memory of Carlton Athletic’s founder, Mykal Porter, who died while he was training with the team at the age of 22. A match is held each year to raise funds for charity.
AND THE WINNER IS... Gavin Coles and Steve Gilbert
The Milly Johnson Feelgood Award There is no shortlist for this award as the winner was specially chosen by Milly WINNER Mick Barker
Volunteer of the Year - the nominees are:Sheryll Dixon – Sheryl is a woman from Penistone who visits groups and knits for charities and hospitals. She has donated thousands of items to neonatal units.
Eileen Jones – Eileen has been volunteering for five years for Macmillan Cancer Support – one of her many roles involves spending a few days each week sorting all the collections for the group of volunteers in Barnsley.
Bekkie Hopwood – Bekkie has battled anorexia and bulimia for 25 years and has set up a support group for others struggling with eating disorders. The group is called Barnsley Eating Disorder Support (BEDS).
AND THE WINNER IS... Sheryll Dixon
Exceptional Achievement - the nominees are:Penistone Group Practice – The practice has re-trained all staff to notice if there signs of domestic abuse with patients after their patient Claire Throssell lost her two boys in a house fire started deliberately by her abusive estranged husband. They also raised more than £2,000 by running the Monsail Trail Half Marathon for Claire's charity.
Stephen Harrison – Stephen helped save the life of 14-month-old Hadley Walker who was choking on medicine. Hadley's mum Becky, was feeding him medicine with a syringe, when Stephen, who is her neighbour, saw her outside with Hadley crying for help, he jumped over the wall and administered first aid.
Adrian Ashworth and the Therapy Dogs – Adrian set up Therapy Dogs – an organisation made up of his four huskies. It was set up after his husky Thunder was behaving differently around Adrian’s dad before he was diagnosed with dementia. The huskies provide support and comfort to people in care homes, hospices and people with disabilities. Thunder is also recognised on the NHS.
AND THE WINNER IS... Adrian Ashworth and the Therapy Dogs
Love Where You Live - the nominees are:Cudworth Bunny Trail – The bunny trail runs every year and families are invited to follow bunny maps around the village to find hidden ceramic sculptures. The trail was set up by Cudworth Businesses and Communities Together.
Friends of Elsecar Park – The park and nature reserve has been given a platinum award this year from Yorkshire in Bloom and a ‘much-loved’ status from the UK’s Best Parks 2019. It has also been named as one of the country’s top ten green spaces.
GoodGym Barnsley – Members of this organisation keep fit by running to different community groups and projects in Barnsley and helping out. One example of their work was helping BIADS.
AND THE WINNER IS... Cudworth Bunny Trail
Sporting Achievement - the nominees are:Elliott Bennett – Elliott, 16, is a young skier who has his sights set on competing in the 2026 Winter Olympics. Elliott is the national Super G (giant slalom) champion at under-16 level.
North Gawber FC – The football club won their league, League Cup and Sheffield Senior Cup.
Houghton Main Cricket Club – The club got through to The Cricketer National Village Cup final.
AND THE WINNER IS... Elliott Bennett
Carer of the year - the nominees are:Damian Morter – Damian cut his hair off to donate to the Little Princess Trust and to raise funds for The Carlton Resource Centre off Spring Lane, which is a day centre for men and women with disabilities.
Helen Prior – the mum of Evie Prior, a ten-year-old who has battled a debilitating disorder which has seen her develop OCD-like symptoms – stopping eating, suffering constant anxiety and spending hours washing her hands ‘until they bleed’. Helen runs a Hope for Evie fundraising page on Facebook and raises awareness of her condition.
The family of Gabriel Chapman -Jayne Chapman and Mark Chapman (the parents) and Jacob Chapman (the brother) – are nominated for caring for Gabriel Chapman, who was temporarily paralysed on Christmas Day in 2018 and has nearly fully recovered. He and his family have raised funds to give back to Ward 5 at Sheffield Children’s Hospital, where he was treated. He is now recovering but his family have helped care for him when this incident suddenly happened.
AND THE WINNER IS... Helen Prior
Children's Champion - the nominees are:David Winnard – David is a school meals supervisory assistant at Greenacre School but works additional hours every day to co-ordinate the personal care and physical needs of students. He spends time talking and interacting with students, helping to feed them and move them.
Thomas and James Gough – The two brothers did a 12-hour fundraising event for KIDS - a national charity that aims to provide a wide range of support services to disabled children, young people, and their families - alongside one of their friends. Both brothers ran the distance of a double marathon.
Gavin Logan – Gavin is the founder of Barnsley and District Junior Football League, which now has 125 teams of various age groups from six to 13. He has also battled cancer during this time but has not let it stop his work.
AND THE WINNER IS... Gavin Logan
School of the Year - the nominees are:Meadstead Primary Academy – The school has been nominated for the staff’s dedication to the well-being of the children.
Silkstone Primary School – Silkstone Primary has been nominated for its dedication to pupils’ welfare and for enhancing its learning environment with a school garden.
Greenacre School – Greenacre is said to go above and beyond to help provide learning and lifestyle experiences for its pupils.
AND THE WINNER IS... Greenacre School
Young Superstar - the nominees are:Olivia Bamford and Katelyn Rollinson – The teenagers stayed with Harry Roberts who collapsed on Peel Street and called an ambulance for him. Harry was found to have a rotting intestine and his wife Corrinne said he had 50/50 chance of survival. The girls came forward after the Barnsley Chronicle put out an appeal by Corrinne to find who had helped her husband, and they managed to meet the elderly couple.
Mayon Jayawickrama – Mayon is the youngest black belt karate champion in the UK, starting at the age of four. He passed his black belt aged seven at the Karate Union of Great Britain spring karate course which made him the youngest black belt in the UK, and has won a number of other tournaments over the years, including Rossendale Inter Club Karate Championship Under ten Ippon Kumite, North West Championship Ippon Kumite and Inter Club Karate Championship under ten Ippon Kumite. He is now nine.
Maisie Marsland – Maisie is a 15-year-old boxer who has earned a place on the England Boxing Female Talent Aspire Programme in Sheffield, where she is able to train with, and spar against, other young female boxers.
Maisie Graham – Maisie, now 19, was struck down by a virus that left her paralysed from the chest down several years ago and was said to be an inspiration to others.
AND THE WINNER IS... Olivia Bamford and Katelyn Rollinson
That wraps up the Proud of Barnsley Awards for another year. Congratulations to all the winners and nominees!