A night of inspiring local heroes at Pride of Birmingham
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Welcome to the Pride of Birmingham Awards 2019Posted by The Pride of Britain Awards on Tuesday, 26 March 2019
Gang-tackling community heroes, brave emergency service workers and tireless fundraisers are among the winners of this year’s Pride of Birmingham, the awards show honouring the remarkable achievements of local people celebrated on 26 March.
Dawn Megginson, Area Director for TSB West Midlands, said: “At TSB we’re incredibly proud of our partnership with Pride of Birmingham. Birmingham is an incredibly vibrant, dynamic and diverse community and these awards are a fantastic celebration of the remarkable people doing extraordinary things that make Birmingham a better place.”
An activist helping to tackle gang warfare in Birmingham is the winner of the TSB Community Partner Award. Joan Campbell is the director of Community Vision, the not-for-profit organisation she formed to help families in crisis or affected by crime. Her tireless efforts have brought together parents of young people in opposing gangs and those whose children are at risk of joining gangs in the city.
Ahmad Nawaz, 18, wins the Stephen Sutton Inspiration Award for his brave fight against youth radicalisation and his refusal to be silenced. At the age of 14, Ahmad survived a horrific Taliban attack on his school in Pakistan, witnessing the brutal massacre of his teachers and 150 of his classmates – including his younger brother. He was settled in Birmingham where he began his inspiring talks urging youngsters to reject extremism and he now works with the West Midlands Counter Terrorism unit and the Home Office on the National Counter Extremism Advisory Board.
West Midlands firefighter John Conway is awarded Outstanding Bravery for his heroic rescue of woman who had fallen 40 metres into the crater of an active volcano. The 34-year-old was on holiday on the Indonesian island of Bali when he made the courageous decision to climb down into the crater, managing to stabilise the badly injured woman and coordinate her safe removal.
The Emergency Services Award is won by Liz Mumford, the 70-year-old grandmother who joined the police in her late 40’s. More than 20 years later, the mum of four and grandmother to six continues to tackle crime in Birmingham.
Eight-year-old Daisy-May Demetre, who had both her legs amputated below the knee when she was 18 months old due to a birth defect, inspires each day with her burgeoning career in child modelling. The Child of Courage winner is a catwalk star on prosthetic blades. She was recently featured in high street fashion chain River Island’s advertising campaign for a junior dancewear and sports range.
Callum Beckett, 14, has raised more than £5,600 for the Birmingham Children’s Hospital. The Young Fundraiser was inspired to take on the Junior and Mini Great Birmingham Run last year after a car accident in 2014 killed his grandfather and left the schoolboy in a coma with a brain injury.
A mum of two who suffered from breast cancer and brain tumours that left her wheelchair-bound is the Fundraiser of the Year. Sally Gutteridge has raised more than £2,500 for the Your Trust Charity and created Sally’s Sunshine Packs for chemotherapy and end-of-life patients. The packs contain items such as puzzle books, a patient journal, sweets, non-fragranced wet-wipes, shampoo and tissues.
Inspiring disabled sportsman Charlie Fogarty wins the Special Recognition Award. When Charlie was 15, a devastating car accident halted a promising career as a professional footballer and left the teenager brain damaged. Now 22, Charlie has become a player-manager of the disability team at Solihull Moors football club and he has played for Northern Ireland at the Cerebral Palsy World Cup.
A mother who founded a charity to give emotional support to children with a terminal or life-threatening illness and their families is awarded Special Recognition. Rachel Ollerenshaw set up Molly Olly’s Wishes in memory of her daughter, Molly, who died five years after she was diagnosed with a Wilms tumour.
Tireless fundraiser Stuart Kettle has raised more than £50,000 for Macmillan Cancer Care since starting out by running the London marathon in 2006. The Fundraiser of the Year has taken part in high profile stunts including pushing a sprout up Mount Snowdon with his nose, being suspended in a box 25 feet above the ground for a week and popping 10,000 balloons with a pogo stick.
Sue and David Hughes, whose son Daniel died suddenly of a heart condition, win Special Recognition. The couple have now raised more than £200,000 for Cardiac Risk in the Young in Daniel’s memory through events such as cricket and football tournaments. They have also screened 1,200 people for heart conditions, potentially saving one 17-year-old girl’s life.
Frustrated by a lack of access to information following a burst cyst in 2015, endometriosis-sufferer Neelam Heera founded Cysters. The registered charity and online discussion group covers everything from infertility and pregnancy to period pain and sexually transmitted diseases. The 30-year-old lawyer wins Special Recognition for her refusal to be silenced by trolls.
An 80-year-old tirelessly campaigned, fundraised and raised awareness about the need for a register for potential organ donors after her son died in 1989 following a brain tumour. As a result of her efforts, an NHS Organ Donor Register was launched on 6 October 1994. Today the number of people registered has reached more than 25 million and for this remarkable success, Rosemary Cox is awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award.