This weekend I was delighted to be at the Radio Lancashire Make A Difference Awards and I want to say congratulations to our three local winners and to all those who were nominated for these awards. You are all stars for what you do.
Ann Coles from Penwortham won the Fundraiser Award having helped raise enough money to offer £35 ECG screenings free to people aged between 14 and 35 that will take place in Preston soon. She lost her son aged just 21 to an undetected heart defect and has been fundraising for the CRY charity since then to try and limit the rates of Sudden Adult Death Syndrome.
Dilawar Hussain, who runs the Charcoal Grill in Leyland won the Great Neighbour Award. Dilly does a great deal to look after the vulnerable in his community. He looked after the elderly in the area by making Covid packages. He has also made warmth packages of blankets, socks, scarves, hats for those struggling to heat their homes and he gives free food to the homeless from his takeaway.
Talkin’ Tables is a charity set up to help people enjoy the company of others and won The Community Group Award. Tables are all over Lancashire, including Leyland, and they foster a supportive atmosphere for people to talk about struggles, hobbies, or anything that comes to mind.
It was a privilege to be there to hear their achievements that make our communities better and they were worthy winners. I had the pleasure of meeting them on the day, giving them my warm regards and hopefully booking in some time to meet up with them again and see first-hand what they do to make a difference.
Huge thanks to BBC Radio Lancashire for organising these awards. Doing so makes a great difference too.